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Offline Kathryn H

Can I ask for beta readers here?
« on: May 23, 2019, 08:16:13 PM »
Hi, I'm new to the forum, though I post on the FB group a bit. I'm looking for beta readers for my novel and wondered if I could ask here? I know there's a writer's section but it doesn't seem to have much traffic at the moment. And I'm looking for readers, not necessarily writer!


Offline Kathryn H

Re: Can I ask for beta readers here?
« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2019, 07:06:14 PM »
I guess no reply means it's OK! I'll give you the letter I've written to eventually send to literary agents to let you know what it's about. I'd like anyone who wants to read it and give as much or as little feedback as they want. There's content warnings for traumatic childbirth/death and miscarriage.

Let me know if you're interested.

When Head Priestess, Hawk, is thrown into the future she’s enraged to find she’s gone from being head of her matriarchal society in the Neolithic to a middle-aged non-entity in the patriarchal present. The reason she’s in the future adds to her fury. An ex-priest of hers, Brock, betrays her as she summons the Goddess into her vast stone circle. Brock grabs the ritual bone of a Time-walker to steal power for the God, sending the three of them into the future. The Time-walker manages to pull alternative lives for them in the present day.

Hawk finds that since the Neolithic there’s been four fucking thousand years of patriarchy and the power of the Goddess has almost faded to nothing. She must smash the God’s power, embodied at nearby Stonehenge, to reinstate the Goddess — despite her current position as an esoteric bookshop owner. Reinstating the Goddess will lose her any last hope of reconciliation with Brock, but accepting the God’s powers as dominant will perpetuate patriarchy and keep Hawk powerless for the rest of her life.

SMASH THE CIRCLE is an adult fantasy of 92,000 words. It will appeal to those who like the character of Lady Vintage de Grazon in Jen Williams’s Ninth Rain and the themes of matriarchy versus patriarchy in Naomi Alderman’s the Power. My qualifications for writing this book involve channelling my peri-menopausal rage and feminism into fiction.