Katarian refugee and dignitary, Sagaar Remus, is reunited after seven years with her husband, Damien Sparr, a convicted war criminal in the Outer Reach whose coupe destroyed her country, city, home and family. After years of separation she meets him in his prison cell, aghast by the atrocities he has committed in the name of his people. With her husband facing the executioner's block and conspiracy swimming around her, Saagar must learn what it means to love someone that you cannot trust.
I have a hard time placing this book in terms of genre. I call it something like a dystipian AU but it's not really dystopian or a typical alternate universe setting so I have no idea. Maybe you can help me figure something out? It's running about 50,000 words right now with the potential to probably be longer rather than shorter and it's VERY different than my previous novel, The Sorceress and the Squid, or any book I've done before really. It's much darker, much more serious and adult in tone, much more gritty. It's definitely a more mature book than TSatS. Tbh, it's more along the lines of what I usually write. TSatS was a deviation into the realm of middle-grade fantasy that I don't often work in, but I like writing multiple varieties of things, and hopefully you like reading them too and won't be too turned off by how different it is than my previous book.
Below I have posted the sign-up sheet, which will be circulating to the end of January. I will be sending out the manuscript through Google Drive on February 1st and closing up the sign-up at that time. I am looking to give people from February 1st to May 1st to read and let me know what they think, but if more or less time is needed, please feel free to take that time as I will not be getting into editing again until the fall most likely. However, I would really appreciate if the novel could be read by May 1st, if you feel like this won't be enough time for you but you'd still like to read it, just let me know and that shouldn't be a problem.
Thank you so much for your participation! Hope to see you on the beta-reading team February 1st! :DD