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Ever wondered how you can become a beta reader?

How does beta reading work? Well basically I have a small group of readers who agree to read my latest project before it’s completely done. This is a crucial time for the author. The story is not edited or published and there is still time to tweak and try to fix anything that didn’t work, was confusing, dragged on, was TOO infuriating etc. I may not always agree with all opinions but more often than not ESPECIALLY when more than one reader has expressed their dislike or confusion about something in the story you can bet it’ll be tweaked.

Also any suggestions, or even comments as you read like, “I kept thinking this was going to happen and was excited/terrified/ANGRY.” Anything that gives me a heads up as to what the reader is thinking in certain parts of the story helps. “I’m confused about who’s actually thinking this.” Feel free to point out any plot holes and PLEASE let me know if there were any places you skimmed and why. Remember I won’t be mad but appreciate hearing this BEFORE it’s done and while I still have time to fix. Better hearing now than in the reviews. o.O         

Here is what I require/expect from a beta reader.

1. That you enjoy reading steamy adult contemporary romance.
2. That you are able to and not feel bad about giving honest feedback. Even  when or rather especially when something doesn’t work for you.
3.That once you commit to reading something you’d be able to be done within a week of receiving the ARC. I usually give a few days of advance notice (if not more) to let you know I’m almost ready to hand it over for beta reading. If by any chance you decide this particular story just doesn’t work for you this is fine. Just let me know so I’m not left to wonder what happened to you. I will (with no bad feelings) appreciate knowing what about it didn’t work.  
4. If you are enjoying it you do as much spoiler free bragging and shouting out on your social media including updating your reading status on GoodReads.
5. Your feedback can be in any form as long as you get your point across on anything that didn’t work, anything you loved (before it ends up on the chopping floor)  <- trust me I go chop happy in the rewrites.
6 You are not required to review. As a beta reader you will be given an early draft that will likely change once all the feedback has been collected. So if you would like to review let me know and I’d be happy to send you the final edit once it’s done.
7. Your express promise that you won’t share the exclusive MS trusted to you for your beta feedback. 

8. You choose how you give your feedback. Some of my betas make inline comments as they read and then send back the MS with all their comments. Others just make their own notes and share them when they finish and respond in one long email. Others send their feedback AS they read. Every few chapters then in the end send a conclusion email with their final thoughts. Any way works for me as long as it’s honest anything helps. 

9. Updates. Holy cow once I send these MS’s off to the beta readers I’m basically chewing my nails and checking my messages like a crack head. So PLEASE even if it’s just once a day I’ll be begging you to update me with at very least. “I’m calling it a night for today but I’m on this part and so far this is what I’m thinking . . .” Even if it’s a VERY short. I just need updates!   


So if you think you can handle that click on the graphic below to fill out the short form.

Here is the first you’d be beta reading if chosen. Click on the image for the full blurb and even a few excerpts of We Were One.




I know this is a busy week but I’ll more than likely send it out sometime this week with the expectation of hearing back from you by next week sometime. If you’re interested in the the perks of reading a new release long before it’s published, get a signed copy of said book once it’s done and would like to join my beta crew and see your name in the acknowledgments just fill out this quick form and I shall let you know very shortly if you made the list. If you’re not able to this time but would like to be considered for the next story you can indicate so on the first question where the “other” line is.


Keep in mind opinions are good but too many can be confusing and frustrating so I’ll only be choosing two or three at most! As always thank you in advance!


If you have any other questions or concerns feel free to email me at EliReyesBooks(at)Yahoo(dot)com



We Were One blurb, & FAQ update!!!

The mystery of love is greater than the mystery of death.
~Oscar Wilde~

Adoration is not potent enough a word to express the depth of my love for her. From the moment she walked into my life and set my heart and soul on fire, not a day’s gone by that she hasn’t plagued my every thought.

We were each other’s completion. She was everything I wasn’t–the sigh to my roar, the virtue to my sin, the cure to my wounds.

We Were One.

Until the unthinkable happened.

That I’ve survived such a tragedy without having completely lost it, is a mystery in itself. But as my mind starts to blur the lines between reality and my delusional heart, I begin to question everything, including my sanity.

And then the real mystery begins . . .


Coming SOON!


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With THREE new series this series I’ve been inundated with questions regarding them. So I’ve updated my FAQ page with answers. Please take a look but feel free to email if there is anything you might still have questions about!

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Cover reveal! We Were One!

We Were One

(A Looking Glass book)

We Were One

is the companion novel to

If you’ve read

Girl In The Mirror

You met Nicolas (Nico) Cortez


In We Were One you get

Nico’s POV but I promise you

It’s a COMPLETELY different story.

Blurb to come! But basically you are getting their

FULL backstory. Something you didn’t get in GITM and

many of you expressed needing more of their love story





Share the cover and be entered to win

1 signed paperback of *We Were One

3 Ebooks of Girl In The Mirror and

3 ARC’s of *We Were One! 

*Paperbacks and ARC’s won’t be ready until later this year but you will be added to the list of winners!  

Randomly chosen winners are . . .

Signed paperback – Ashley Herrera

3 eBooks of Girl in The Mirror are

Thelma Gallardo

Jezebel Girls and Friends

Kayla McLaughlin

ARC’s of

We Were One

Aide Ahumada

Zoe York

Elmarie Cupido


Please email me at EliReyesBooks(at)Yahoo(dot)com

Winners of the ebook, if you’ve already read Girl in The Mirror choose a friend who hasn’t and email me their email so I can gift the ebook to them on your behalf!

Thanks again for participating! More giveaways to com!!!