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Attention: Peter & Jack Fans

December 10th, 2010 by
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Letters to Elise is getting ready to come out. You know what that means? That’s right. Beta time.

In case you don’t know, a beta reader is  (according Wikipedia) a person who reads a written work, generally fiction, with what has been described as “a critical eye, with the aim of improving grammar, spelling, characterization, and general style of a story prior to its release to the general public.”

But with Letters to Elise, I’m going to bit a more specific about what I’m looking for because it’s different than my other books. As I’ve explained before, it’s less of a narrative. There’s not a plot in the true sense. It’s letters Peter wrote to Elise and a few journal entries.

And also – I’m not sure how this will play to My Blood Approves enthusiasts. I’d like to get a few readers on both sides of the spectrum – those that are 100% Team Peter and those that are 100% Team Jack – to see how it plays to both sides. And some people that are 50/50 both guys would be good too.

I’m also looking to see if more content should be added, or if some should be cut. And really if it’s interesting at all. If it’s not, I might scrap the idea or rework it. But we’ll see.

As always – I’d also enjoy people with proofreading skills since my books are apparently never, ever proofread enough. So I’m always looking for another set of eyes.

So, if you’re interested in doing a beta read of Letters to Elise, comment or email me. When you do, please let me know how you’d categorize yourself: a Peter fan, a Jack fan, or a Both fan, so I’m not getting all my feedback from Jack fans or Peter fans or what have you. If that makes any sense.

Also, I slaved all night making a soundtrack for Letters to Elise, which you can listen to: here or under the My Blood Approves tab at the top of the blog. I tried to pick music I thought Peter would like, and I guess I think Peter is kind of a folk/hipster. Apparently. And I also have the song “This Night” by Black Lab from the book trailer on it.

So yep. Thoughts please.

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  • Anonymous says:

    Hello I am 100% PETER!!!!! I think beta reading would be cool so…yeah….and I mean I just love who Peter actually was planning on killing himself so Alice could be with Jack…You just made him so.

  • Tai says:

    I caught wind of the My Blood Approves series just by chance and I’m hooked! I am 100% Team Peter, but understand her connection with Jack. My daughter is totally opposite of me. I guess it’s all a matter of perspective. But Peter knows sacrifice, where as Jack is just coming into himself, I think anyway.

    I hope to read more soon!

  • Kathleen says:

    haha typo on last post…anyways, I LOVE PETER and please let me know which one you will choose because a couple of my friends don’t even want to finish the series if alice chooses Jack

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  • Anonymous says:

    Peter all the way! I like jack but I feel like she’s outgrowing him… But I have liked Peter from book one, probably because she wasn’t even interested sexually with jack in the beginning

  • Anonymous says:

    LOVE PETER!!! Would love to help. My email is

    PS.. it would be amazing if you wrote a second series with her choosing Peter… don’t know if anyone has ever done that??

  • Anonymous says:

    I Love this book. I love both Jack but Peter every time Alice was with jack id be like 100% then Peter would come and im like 100% him so i choose to be neutral. This is not really a SPOLIER but my favorite part from all the books is the part where Jack and Peter fight about a pillow and it ended up being about a certain somebody i absolutely couldn’t stop cracking up and right know writing about it i can barley think straight with laughing so hard. Well back to this book . I thought it was very deep and almost as if i could feel what he felt this is a great book to read while waiting to for the next book in my blood approves to come, and hopefully it is going to , this made me see peter in a more detailed way and i wish a little that Alice choose him, i said a little

  • Kim Farrow says:

    I love Jack! I just started reading your books last week and I love them. I was reading over the older post and saw that you would like to find some proof readers. I would love to do this! My e-mail is

  • allison says:

    Im a huge my blood approves fan and id love to be a beta reader. Im a 100% jack fan lol. My email is