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Character Names from “The Portal’s Choice”

I do enjoy picking out the names for my characters. All names have meanings and I believe that a person can be influenced by his or her name. So I took my time choosing the names for the characters that populate The Portal’s Choice. I’ve been just as picky for the next book, The Forgotten […]

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Beta Reader #2 of “The Portal’s Choice” – Insightful comments

I have received feedback on The Portal’s Choice from several sources now, and most of what I’ve been told has been positive. I did have one reader who made some very constructive comments about the book, comments that, at first, were a bit tough for me to take. I have a great publisher who helped […]

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Follow up: Young Adult reviewers’ feedback on “The Portal’s Choice”

On Friday, March 29, I met with my beta readers from the local middle school to get their thoughts on The Portal’s Choice. We had a lively and honest discussion about what they saw to be the strengths and weaknesses of the book. I am so glad that I sought input from my target audience […]

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The Portal’s Choice – Beta Reader #1 Response

“As you by now know, we have sent out 18 copies of The Portal’s Choice to beta readers to get any last minute feedback before the book is released (on May 6). Last week, I received the first response to the questionnaire we included with the book copy. Reader #1 had just three minor questions. […]

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Young Adult Reviewers of The Portal’s Choice

Last Friday, March 22, I met with a group of eighth graders and their teacher. Mrs. Allison had invited me to come in and speak with the kids in her class who most loved to read and could provide me with quick feedback on The Portal’s Choice, featuring Tallis Challinor. I had a great discussion […]

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