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I've just finished the second draft of the new novel, Medium Dead, the first (hopefully) in a new urban fantasy series.

It's weighed in at just under 96k words and I'm thinking of putting out a call for beta readers. So, if you'd like to read a fun fantasy drop me a line at chris(dot)dolley(at)worldonline.fr

Warning: there is some strong language and there are positively NO vampires or werewolves. But there is plenty of magic, mystery, humour and shapeshifting.

Here's a brief synopsis:

Medium Dead is the first in a crime fighting fantasy series chronicling the adventures of Brenda, a reluctant medium, and Brian, a self-styled Vigilante Demon.

Brenda Steele is smart, funny and out of her depth. A magical being wants her to find murdered spirits and help him track down their killers. But Brian doesn't just catch criminals he likes to play with them first and make the punishment fit the crime. As he tells Brenda, 'if all you did was turn up, capture the bad guy then leave - century after century - you'd die of boredom.' But he's also reckless – his last partner died during one of his take downs.
 

And here's a snippet:

Brenda managed to pick her way through the opening chapters of Strong Poison but even the imminent entanglement of Harriet Vane and Lord Peter failed to engage her as much as it usually did. Only a jaw-dropping instalment of The Rich, The Spoilt, and the Surgically Enhanced managed to snap her out of her growing lethargy.

Celeste, the drama queen's drama queen, discovered she had a brain tumour. Apparently it was pressing on the part of her brain that controlled the buttoning and unbuttoning of her tops. Brenda marvelled at the wealth of medical information one could pick up from quality TV. With Poor Celeste staring at a future of worsening décolletage she was rushed to see the world's top neurosurgeon, Storm Canaveral, a former pro linebacker who'd taken up medicine in an effort to cure his own football related brain tumour. Storm took one look at Celeste's cleavage and whisked her away to his own private hospital yacht moored in the Med. But had he left it too late? The episode ended with Celeste flat on her back – a position not unknown to Celeste – but this time she was complaining of a headache. And that was a first.
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From:saare_snowqueen
Date:November 28th, 2008 12:16 pm (UTC)
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I would be very happy to Beta-read for you. If you want me let me know and I'll give you my e-mail or address.
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From:chrisdolley
Date:November 28th, 2008 01:55 pm (UTC)
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Excellent, if you let me have your email address I'll send the novel to you as an rtf or WORD doc file (your choice) along with my beta pack (a page explaining the beta reading process and what I'm looking for - which basically amounts to 'did you like it and were there any places you felt lost, confused, bored or an overwhelming desire to throw the book against the wall:)
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From:masgramondou
Date:November 28th, 2008 01:37 pm (UTC)
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me, me, me
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From:chrisdolley
Date:November 28th, 2008 02:36 pm (UTC)
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Good timing, I was about to email you to see if you'd like to have a look. Is your email still the di2 one?
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From:masgramondou
Date:November 28th, 2008 03:00 pm (UTC)
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yes that email still works
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From:ghymoreid
Date:November 28th, 2008 02:35 pm (UTC)
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Yep, I'll volunteer. I've got at least four months off from uni and I'm always up for a good read. :)
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From:chrisdolley
Date:November 28th, 2008 04:36 pm (UTC)
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Excellent, send your email address to chris(dot)dolley(at)worldonline.fr and we'll go from there.
From:oakwind
Date:November 28th, 2008 02:46 pm (UTC)
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I'm not in the business but I love to read, SF in particular, and would be happy to Beta read.
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From:chrisdolley
Date:November 28th, 2008 04:39 pm (UTC)
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This one's more fantasy/mystery than SF but it's close enough. Send along your email address to chris.dolley(at)worldonline.fr and I'll send you the beta pack.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:December 1st, 2008 05:08 pm (UTC)

Have enough?

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Still looking for more beta readers? I'm willing to post my e-mail address on the Bar, if you still go over there.

Lisa S. in Seattle
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From:chrisdolley
Date:December 1st, 2008 08:20 pm (UTC)

Re: Have enough?

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Actually I was thinking of inviting you. So whichever's easiest for you - the Bar or you could email me at chris.dolley (at) worldonline.fr
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Date:December 2nd, 2008 08:19 pm (UTC)

Re: Have enough?

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How flattering! I sent you an e-mail.

Lisa S. in Seattle
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From:tasllyn
Date:December 2nd, 2008 08:05 am (UTC)
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Hi Chris! Are you still looking for more American, female, under 35 beta-readers? If you are, I'd be happy to volunteer (although I may not be able to start reading until after December 18th, since I've got finals until then).
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From:chrisdolley
Date:December 2nd, 2008 09:02 am (UTC)
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I am. The time's not a problem. It is holiday season and most people's schedules are affected.

So, send an email to chris.dolley (at) worldonline.fr and I'll send it along as an rtf file.
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From:seaboe
Date:February 4th, 2009 06:40 pm (UTC)

Update? Pretty Please

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How are the cats doing? How is the weather? Have you plunged back into the novel?

Lisa S. in Seattle
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From:chrisdolley
Date:February 5th, 2009 02:11 pm (UTC)

Re: Update? Pretty Please

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Working around the weather at the moment (alternating snow, ice and mud) to complete our winter tasks: fell and cut ten tons of wood, expand vegetable garden, cut and replant 50 metres of mature hedge and sheep fence it.

Then we've got our finances to sort out - being dependent on savings in this financial climate is far from good:)

As for animals, don't ask. Gypsy, our 14 year-old lurcher had a stroke on Christmas Eve - total loss of balance, confusion, inability to control limbs, continual eye flicker - we didn't think she'd see Christmas. She's now recovering well and can walk in a straight line but it's been a traumatic month.
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From:mariadkins
Date:May 27th, 2009 05:00 pm (UTC)
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What a wonderful idea. I should try this with some of my own work - always on the look out for new readers. ;)
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