Friday JohnKu – AKA – TGIF and Call for Beta Readers

“What on Earth are you looking for Twiggy?”
“Friday.
“Friday is already here. Today is Friday.”
“You’re kidding. I thought it was Monday.”

It is Friday again on the calendar, and yet I am so confused as to what day it is really. Yesterday felt like a Sunday because of the mid-week holiday. I had what would typically be a Sunday meal yesterday, so my body still thinks today is Monday. Yes, today feels like Monday but then if it were, tomorrow would be Tuesday and four days before the weekend, and that feels all wrong. So let’s just go with the calendar. TGIF.

My WIP tentatively titled Eternal Road – The Final Stop is now ready for a beta read. This is a different story than the one I usually tell. Here is the blurb.

James and Sam are on a quest to find James an eternal home. You see, James just died today in a car wreck. Sam was taken fourteen years ago in an abduction and not seen since. Now Sam has come to lead James to his eternal home. Yeah, you guessed it. Sam was taken and murdered.

Why is she back? She has been in training all this time for the sole purpose of leading James through the process of selecting his eternal place. The point is, Sam, and James were close in grade school and so Sam was selected to help James cross over to his new life.

It is not easy to determine where to spend eternity. The pair visit a number of times and places and are witness to a number of historical events. The rules dictate that they do no harm to the time continuum while they search. Trying to be careful, they inadvertently come to the attention of Lucifer who would love to turn their souls into his subjects. They also find a core threat to human survival and desperately want to put in place the fix necessary to save mankind. Of course, Lucifer wants nothing of the kind.

The question becomes, will James find his eternal home in grace or lose the battle with Satan for his immortal soul and the future of human life with it? If you like time-travel, adventure, mystery, justice, and a touch of paranormal, this story is for you.

If you would like to beta read Eternal Road – The Final Stop be advised that it will be available in three formats, ePub, MOBI, and PDF. I will be emailing it to you and would like your comments returned by February 21st.  My questions are easy.

  1. Did you enjoy the story?
  2. Was the ending satisfactory?
  3. Were there missing or confusing parts?
  4. Did the story flow at a comfortable pace for you?
  5. Were the characters believable?
  6. What if anything would you want to be included in the story?

If you would like to beta read, Please send me an email johnhowell(dot)wave(at)gmail.com. Let me know your format preference. I will be sending the file out when I get your response.

Thank you, All.

Today’s JohnKu talks about the new year

The New Year by John W. Howell © 2020

The last one flew by,

Just like the one before it . . .

Make each moment count.

 

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  1. Reblogged this on Legends of Windemere and commented:
    Any beta readers out there?

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    1. Thank you, Charles.

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      1. You’re welcome

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    1. Thank you, Charles.

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  2. I will be glad to beta read your book. I sent an email to you.

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    1. Got it, Karen. Will be right back to you. Thank you so much.

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  3. The years keep whizzing by faster and faster each year! Remember as kids, the day after Christmas we realized we had to wait a w-h-o-l-e year for another one – it seemed light years away! Now I feel like I should just leave the tree up because it comes around again so quickly. 🙂

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    1. That is a good idea, GP. Or maybe put it on wheels so it can be rolled out of the closet. 😊

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      1. There ya go – that’s using your head!!

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  4. The story sounds great.
    But I will never ever finish the beta in time. Too many things I have to read at the moment for a presentation.

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    1. Thank you for considering, though. 😊

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  5. Charles would you be interested in a beta swap? I have a YA fantasy or a poetry/prose book both need beta reading.

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    1. Oops, typo, meant to say John!

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      1. Just don’t call me late for dinner. I would love your view, Marje since you are into paranormal. Unfortunately, I just don’t have the time to do a quid pro quo. Thank you so much for your interest, though. 😊

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      2. Shame. 😦 Perhaps I better not commit as my time is stretched as it is. Best of luck with it. Marje

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      3. Thanks, Marje.

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  6. Gwen M. Plano · ·

    Congratulations, John. The story sounds terrific and if you need another reader, I’m up for the journey. 😀

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    1. Thank you, Gwen. 😀

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  7. How perfect this post is! A token of his generosity and love for state employees, our governor gave us the “Eves” off; that is, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, which normally we do not get off. Mind you, some of us think that a salary increase would be more helpful but we take what crumbs we can get. The funny thing is, with having both Tuesday and Wednesday off the last two weeks, we keep thinking it’s Monday when it’s really Thursday. Frankly, I could get used to such a schedule (I do not miss my day job when I’m not there … or here since I am at work now …). I wish you the best with your latest creation! I have a backlog of books I’m reading and reviewing, otherwise I’d sign up. I’m sure you’ll get plenty of readers, though. ❤

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    1. Thank you, Marie. You are right, Take what you can get. Eves off sounds like a good thing. In two years your’ll have Thursday and Friday off plus the weekend. 😀

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      1. Something to look forward to … if I still have my job 😉

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      2. You think you might not?

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      3. I’m hoping I’ll be long gone by then 🙂

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  8. This week has me all screwed up too, John – but Friday is here! With a new book being released next month, I’ll have to pass on the beta read this time, but plan to buy it on the release date!

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    1. Thanks, Teri. I fully understand. Busy, busy, busy.

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  9. I love Twiggy’s perch and am right there with her confusion as to what day it really is. Holidays mid-week throw everything off-kilter! Your premise sounds interesting, and, while I’d love to beta-read it, I know I haven’t the time right now to do it justice. I’m up to my ears writing myself. Still, all the best for a successful endeavor!

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    1. Thank you, Debbie.

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  10. Will share in today’s blogger daily John… congratulations on the new book.. I am sure another winner.. hugsx

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    1. Thank you, Sally.

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  11. Twiggy would have missed the weekend if not for Lucy!

    Your new book sounds fascinating, Boss. And not one mention of kale . . which gives you bonus round points. 🙂

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    1. Thank you. There was no Kale hurt or even used in the making of this book. Thanks Marc

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      1. When I worked with kale in my recipes, I always went with free range kale.

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      2. Yeah, that’s the best. I had some GHMO kale one time and took on a bar full of dockworkers. Big mistake. 😁

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      3. But . . . you lived to tell the tale. That’s something!

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      4. Well there is that.

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  12. Thanks for the opportunity, John.

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    1. Thank you for the help, Dan

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  13. […] Head over and read more of the blurb and to contact John, I have read all his books and I am sure this will be excellent: John W. Howell looking for Beta Readers […]

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  14. D.L. Finn, Author · ·

    I’ve been so confused what day it is all week, too. I sent an email for beta read.

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    1. Thank you, Denise

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  15. Congrats on the upcoming release, John! I’m curious, what is your regular Sunday dinner?

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    1. We usually have some kind of nonbeef roast (Like chicken, Turkey or pork) amd mashed potatoes with veggys.

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      1. Nice! We do breakfast things- oatmeal, pancakes, poached eggs 😊

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  16. I’ve been writing, so I’m late getting around today. Looks like you have plenty of takers. I’ll take a backup position if it looks like some drop out.

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    1. Thanks, Craig.

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  17. It is so true that the holidays falling in the middle of the week confuse us as to what day it is. Not so much when you have to work in between (not my case) but still.

    If you need another beta, I’m available.

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    1. Could you send me an email with your preference for file type. Thanks in advance, Dale

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      1. Of course. My bad!

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  18. That picture of “the girls” is just priceless!! I just agreed to do a book review for a fellow Adelaide Books author, so I’ll have to pass on the opportunity to beta read this time.

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  19. Thanks for the opportunity John. I would have loved to, but you couldn’t have picked a worse month for me, lol. Next time! I’m sure you have plenty of takers 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Debby. There are a number. 😁

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  20. Hi, John! Scribbles situate himself on the couch like Twiggy does, to look out the window. Ha, ha. Fabulous advice in your Johnku. I’m running against the clock trying to finish my self-edits to send it to my editor, so I’m not sure I would meet your deadline. Maybe next time. ❤

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    1. Understand how it is. Thanks, Vashti.

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  21. WordPress is keeping me from liking posts, right now, John, but this is a great one. I love the picture of the girls. I have several reads already promised for January, but I’m a pretty quick reader and February sounds doable. The blurb sounds great and I would be happy to beta read.

    I’ll shoot you an email.

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    1. Wow, Mae. I am so excited to have you read. I can’t like on WP either. It has been three weeks now, and I have tried everything. I have to sign in on each blog. ARRRRGGGG

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      1. I’ve had the same problem, John. So frustrating! And I already shot you an email for a mobi 🙂

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      2. Thank you, Mae. You should have it by now. 😊

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  22. I don’t know what day of the week it is. I feel like I lost 10 days of my life. Thanks for checking on me…I think I’m over the hump. Great blurb! Congratulations!

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    1. I was just getting ready to send out a search party. Welcome back and I hope you feel better (completely) soon, Jill.

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      1. LOL! This was brutal…I’m so over it. Still some lingering symptoms, but hopefully I’ll be back to “normal” soon. 🙂

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      2. Sounds like it was bad. Anything you catch at a hospital can’t be good. 😷

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      3. I agree! Next time, I’ll be wearing a mask.

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  23. Damn! The story sounds fascinating … different than anything I’ve ever read. I wish I could be a beta reader, but sadly I am currently spending 12-14 hours on my own writing, which allows me to sleep 4-5 hours, and I just cannot spread myself any thinner, and fear I couldn’t do it justice. I will, however, be among the first in line to buy the book!

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    1. Thank you, Jill. I appreciate the thought. 😁

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  24. Reblogged this on Author Don Massenzio and commented:
    John Howell is looking for beta readers for his new work, Eternal Road – The Final Step. Check out this post from his blog for information.

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    1. Thank you for the share, Don.

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  25. I love paranormal tales, John. I will wait for the final version as I’m don’t think I have enough experience to beta read a book like this.

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    1. 😁 Thanks, Robbie.

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  26. Great JohnKu this week! I would be happy to beta read your new story, John, if you still have a need. I’ll shoot you an email.

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    1. Thank you. Got it and responded.

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