Saturday, May 14, 2011

PR Special Edition (35): Evelyn LaFont Guest Post!

Poisoned Rationality Special  Edition

Welcome to another Poisoned Rationality Special Edition!   Today we have Evelyn LaFont, author of the Vampire Relationship series!  She's talking to us about what exactly a beta-reader does!  Check out my review of the first book Meeting and Mating here!

Synopsis: Josie wants what she’s never been able to have—sex with a vampire. When she receives an invitation to a party thrown by one of the world’s richest vamps, she doesn’t stop to question her luck; she just jumps into her favorite stilettos and heads out to the event of a lifetime, secretly hoping that she’ll come home with a party favor in the shape of a sexy coffin dweller.

But the great undead, much to Josie’s chagrin, aren’t just pale sexbots with pointy teeth waiting to satisfy her carnal desires—they are dangerous…and sometimes cranky. With a single-minded focus on fulfilling her sole sexual longing, Josie unwittingly entrenches herself in the twisted and sometimes antagonistic world of vampire relationships with no one to guide her, but herself.

What is a Beta Reader?

At the end of this tour (which has been amazingly fun, by the way) I am giving away an interesting sort of prize. I’m giving away the opportunity to be a beta reader of the next book in the series, tentatively titled, The Vampire Relationship Guide, Volume 2: Vacations and Transformations.

But what does a beta reader do, exactly? And how is beta reading different than just getting an advanced copy of the book before it’s published? It’s different because as a beta reader, you have the opportunity to change things in the book.

Okay, maybe I overstated that a little. You have the opportunity to tell me what you would change and that input might make me change it—there, that’s better.  Now, this isn’t a Paul Sheldon and Annie Wilkes situation. If I decide to kill one of the characters off (I haven’t), you can’t break my legs and force me into your remote, mountaintop cabin to rewrite it—no matter how much you may want to.

But you can tell me what pulls you out of the story as a reader, what inconsistencies you find, what activities and reactions seem out of character, and what, if anything, screams, “WRONG” to you while you are reading it.

When you are a beta reader, it’s important to know the difference between what is actually wrong with a book and what you simply don’t like. Because creating a story isn’t always just about writing happy stories about ponies who wear flower petals in their hair and kiss each other under the moon. It’s also about struggle, strife, and sometimes—death.

But not my book. It’s just funny. I promise.


Evelyn Lafont is an author and freelance writer with an addiction to Xanax and a predilection for snark. Her debut novella, is available on , Barnes and Noble and Smashwords.

Make sure to follow all of Evelyn's tour!  Tomorrow she'll be guesting at Romance Book Junkies!

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