An Opportunity Someone’s Going to Love

I’ve written some fictional suspenseful crime drama stories and I seek volunteer Beta Readers to experience and provide feedback to me about them.  It’s an opportunity to be among the first to see some my edited stories in draft form. I’m especially interested in getting feedback regarding continuity errors, plot holes, any things that throws readers out of the story, and what the Beta Readers thought were the strong and weak parts of the tale(s). The stories tend to be relatively short, and darker and grittier than my work in other genres.

In “No Choice at All.” A man on his way to the most important meeting of his career  makes a fateful decision when he sees a suspicious scene on the side of a dark lonely road and stops to check an older woman who might be in trouble. Soon he is in way over his head fighting to save the lives of two women from four vicious men and live to tell about it. 2045 words.

“Desperate Journey” is set in the early seventies and is about two young women and their children are stranded on the side of a freeway at 3am with two blown-out tires. Two truckers offer to take one of them to get new tires, but the men aren’t what they seem…  4,793 words.

I plan to complete another story or two in the next two or three weeks.

The Beta Readers I select can choose to read one, some, or all of the four or five stories I plan to feature in this book project, and those with mailing addresses in the U.S. will receive a signed copy of the book from me shortly after it’s released. Those outside the U.S. will receive an unsigned copy directly from Amazon.

Please let me know if you’re interested and/or would like more information.

Thank you!

With Love,




About russtowne

I'm awed by the beauty of nature and the power of love and gratitude. Some of my favorite sensory experiences include waves crashing on rocky shores, waterways in ancient redwood and fern-filled forests, and rain. My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I manage a wealth management firm that I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of approximately 60 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children.
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24 Responses to An Opportunity Someone’s Going to Love

  1. utesmile says:

    Russ, I ‘d love to help and read your stories if you need someone. I sure let you know if I find anything not quite right with the story as you know. 🙂

  2. quiall says:

    Russ I would love to participate!

  3. tmblaytespeaks says:

    Sure, why not?

  4. misifusa says:

    Russ I volunteer if you need someone to read! 🙂

  5. ksbeth says:

    hi, russ. i’m happy to read if you still need readers )

  6. Mrs. P says:

    WOW, you’ve got us jumping to read! 🙂 if you need any more, I’d be glad to help.

  7. Rich Worthington says:

    Hi Russ, I would like to be a reader for your stories.

  8. Louis Zurlo says:

    Hmmm, I’d be willing to be a reader.

  9. LuAnn says:

    Happy to help out if you’d like.
    I love mysteries

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