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ABHUMAN: The Verdant Dream

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Beta Reading Details:

For any Beta Reader committed to providing serious feedback, I will gladly send a paperback copy of the manuscript—(I had a special Beta Reader copy of the book made in lieu of printing out Letter sized copies).

You can markup your copy up to your heart’s content! I’m also willing to send you the novel in ANY electronic form you like. Many prefer that, and you can mark things up electronically, of course.

I’m hoping to get feedback within the next 8 weeks – by June 5’th 2017. That will give me a few weeks to incorporate any changes before I head off to Iceland for a vacation / research trip.

Beta Reading Rewards:

  1. A signed copy of the finalized paperback
  2. 10 of my new bookmarks (pictured below)
  3. Your Name & Website/Blog listed on the ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS page of the book (optional)
  4. My instant and eternal gratitude! (hey, that’s worth something!)

Join me on a wondrous journey!

I’m hoping to share this journey with a few Beta readers as we discuss my 100k YA novel – “Abhuman: The Verdant Dream”.

Imagine “The Hunger Games” meets “Star Wars”, and you’ll be in the right part of the galaxy. My influences were many of today’s YA hits, but include classics such as “The Chrysalids” by John Wyndham, and “The Giver” by Lois Lowry.

My goal was to write the book I wanted to read: A deeply emotional story with page turning action, set in a wonder-filled, futuristic universe, with a balance between the romantic and the adventurous.

With your help, I’m hoping to turn this into the next YA Best Seller!

eMail Me e-mail me if you’re interested.

Book Details:

  • Title: Abhuman: The Verdant Dream
  • Series: The Covenant – Book 1
  • Genre: YA / Science Fiction / Dystopian
  • Word count: 100k
  • Tagline: How far would you be willing to go to save your entire species?
  • Beta Timeline: Feedback requested by June 5’th, 2017

Abhuman: The Verdant Dream

 A girl with powers. A secret war. An ancient prophecy. An unthinkable choice.

Secretly engineered with random mutant powers, the Abhuman were designed to fight a war they didn’t even know was raging around them.

In a far flung corner of the Universe, the Covenant conquer planet after planet, then erase the population’s memories of their previous lives, turning them into unknowing slaves, docile and happy.

When sixteen-year-old Cheska Bellamy accidentally slows time, she realizes that she’s an Abhuman—a death sentence in Covenant society. With her newfound powers also comes a dream-like connection to a boy named Taro, whom she’s never met, from a planet she’s never been to.

Forced to flee her starship when her powers are discovered, Cheska crash-lands on the planet below where she stumbles onto the ruins of a decimated alien civilization. It turns out that Krijese was not a sterile planet before her people started terraforming—their machines destroyed most of the Indigen’s civilization, though a few of them remain, tucked into the depths of the planet, quietly awaiting their fate.

Cheska is guided to an underground base called Sanctuary, where the resistance plot to rescue humanity from their slave-masters. There she finds other Abhumans like herself, each with unique powers. The biggest shock is that she is part of an ancient prophecy, one that says she is destined to marry Taro—their children are supposed to save humanity. She wants to help—the problem is, she doesn’t love Taro. She doesn’t even know what love feels like … until she meets Dane.

With help from the enigmatic Indigens, she learns to tap into the power of the Verdant Dream to defeat the Covenant—but it’s not enough.

On the precipice of her people’s destruction, Cheska is forced to choose between two unthinkable outcomes. She must find the strength to do what nobody else can, and make a choice that nobody else will.

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How to Beta Read?

Here’s a checklist I borrowed from a Goodreads group Just keep these things in mind as you read, and if possible, take notes.


  • Does any part of the story drag?
  • Are there parts that you skipped to get to ‘the good part’?
  • Do I over-inform (info-dump) anywhere?
  • Did you understand every phrase / term I used?


  • Does one scene lead logically into the next?
  • Do the scenes flow smoothly from one action to the next, or did they jump as though something was skipped?
  • Is there enough downtime between intense scenes to allow it to build to the next?


  • Can you see every action clearly while reading?
  • If you went there in real life, would you recognize the places?
  • Did you have to reread any part of the action sequences to understand who was doing what?


  • Does the Dialogue sound realistic for the individual characters?
  • Could you see what the characters were doing while talking?
  • Could you see where the characters were while talking?


  • Could you see what each character looked like clearly?
  • Do their actions and reactions seem logical and realistic?
  • Could you feel the emotions between the characters?
  • Does the story stay focused on my main character?
  • Were any of my characters too much of a jerk or too aggressive?
  • Were any of my characters whiny, wimpy, or overly dramatic?
  • Are any of my characters too stereotypical?
  • Who did you like best and WHY?
  • Who did you hate and WHY?
  • Who got on your nerves and WHY?
  • Do any of the characters get in the way of the STORY?

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