“You are sick!” AKA Final Shudder-o-Meter Beta Reader Comments

When I finished the first draft of Shudder a few days ago, I promised I would follow up with some beta reader reactions after they’d had some time to read.  Well, here you go!  :-)

Yeah, the beta readers kinda looked a little like this…

“You are sick!”

“What is <name hidden to avoid spoilers> thinking??  Betraying the rebels?  Really??”


“I’m actually experiencing a book hangover after finishing that, so I decided to re-read Stitch for a little hair-of-the-dog while I wait for the revised draft.” 

“Did you finish the third book yet?  B/c I need it, NOW.”

Muahahahaha – aren’t you just dying to know what they’re all talking about??  Well don’t feel bad, b/c I’m dying to share it – trust me, this whole waiting thing is as painful for me as it is for you!!

And with this post, I’m officially retiring the Shudder-o-Meter, since as of right now it looks like we’re on track for the June 15th release.  Shudder is now in the hands of the second round of beta readers, and then I’ll be moving into the heavy revision process, then formatting, and – finally! – publication.  BAM.

In the meantime, I’m also starting to get the Shudder Blog Tour set up so… posting might be a little slow around here for the next few weeks.  But don’t worry, b/c I’ve already got 97 blogs (!!) signed up for the tour, so there will be PLENTY of new content come June!  Can’t wait!

It’s finally here: Shudder-o-Meter reaches 100%!!!

Put on your party hats, people – I’ve got news!  As of about 15 minutes ago, the Shudder-o-Meter is 100% complete!!!


Shudder-o-Meter: 100%

That’s right!  After a MARATHON weekend of writing, the first draft is finished, fini, finito, caput!

And I’m so, so excited about how it turned out.  No beta reader comments yet – I need to give them a few days to read the final chapters – but I’ll post some as soon I hear back from them.  Trust me, after the last chapter… they’re going to have some things to say.  <Evil grin.>

Update coming soon!  :-D

Update: Here’s a link to the beta reader reactions.

Shudder-o-Meter reaches 71%! “Racy!!!”

Update on the Shudder-o-Meter: it reached 71%!  That’s almost 3/4’s done!

Shudder-o-Meter: 71%

Here’s what the beta readers had to say about the latest set of chapters:

“I think they should have packed bigger guns…”

“I really loved these chapters.  Keep ’em coming!”

“Oooh, a bit racy!!!”

We’re about to get into some of the biggest reveals of the story, so I’m really excited to finish up!!  My goal is to complete the first draft by the end of the month, but I’ll be honest – I’m not sure if I’m going to make that goal, especially with Easter going on the last Sunday of the month (Sundays are usually big writing days for me).  But I’ll do my best!  Worst case, the draft should be done by the end of the first weekend in April.  Almost there!!!

Shudder-o-Meter hits 55%! “Firepower? < maniacal grin >“

As I’d hoped, the beta readers had a chance to catch up on the latest chapters over the weekend, so here’s your Shudder-o-Meter update: 55%!

Shudder-o-Meter: 55%

Here’s what they had to say:

“Whew – I’m relieved.  Almost cried in the last chapters!” (Coming from someone who doesn’t cry easily, that’s quite a compliment!)

“Looks like they found what they were looking for!!”

“Did they just stumble upon some… firepower? <maniacal grin>”

More updates coming next week!

Shudder-o-Meter 1/2 Done!! “He CAN’T actually be dying, right??”

Ah, I’m such a turd!  I totally forgot to post this week’s Shudder-o-Meter update, which is all the more a shame because I was SO excited to share that I’m JUST ABOUT HALF DONE!

See?  48%!

Shudder-o-Meter: 48%I’m sitting down now to start my chapters for this week, so I’m going to skip the beta reader comments and get to work!  …Okay, fine here’s one to hold you over:

“He CAN’T actually be dying, right???  You wouldn’t do that to Alessa!  PLEASE don’t do that to Alessa!!”


Shudder-o-Meter climbs to 40%! “You’re killing me with these cliffhangers.”

Over the past week, the Shudder-o-Meter climbed to 40% completion!  (Look – you can finally see a sliver of the blue in the tear!! Okay, it’s a tiny bit – but still, we’re getting there!)

Shudder-o-Meter: 40%

The beta readers had lots to say again:

“I can’t believe this is happening to Alessa…”

“Is the girl in the jail who I *think* she is?”  (Other reader: “No way, she’s got to be the other one!”)

“I’m guessing this has something to do with the stitching, right??”

“Yay, so nice to get to know Nikhil!”

“You’re killing me with these cliffhangers!!”

In other news, Stitch was honored as one of the very first books reviewed by a great new blog, The Moonlit Bookshelf, and earned four stars!  Here’s a snippet: “But what I probably loved most about this book is the fact that it managed to surprise me with its twists and turns that I didn’t see coming… the author deceived me into believing in a mere ghost story, when in fact it was something completely different and riveting.”  Stop by The Moonlit Bookshelf for the rest!  Thanks so much to Andreea for the fab review and best of luck with your new blog!

Shudder-o-Meter 1/3 complete!

Got another update on the Shudder-o-Meter!  Over this past weekend, it climbed to 32% complete (that’s just about 1/3 done!):

Shudder-o-meter: 32%


Woo!  We’re getting there!  I think by next week you’ll actually be able to see some real color on this thing… :-D

In the meantime, here’s what the beta readers thought of the newest chapters:

“It’s REALLY good.  I thought Stitch was awesome, but somehow you’re actually getting better…”

“Bah this is getting so interesting that I just want to wait until you’re done so I can read it all at once!”

“I think that mystery character must be Janie.  No, actually, I think it’s Lizzie.  Sigh, or maybe it’s someone else all together…”

“I’m super creeped out.  What could possibly be doing that to Alessa??”

Shudder-o-Meter update – 25%! “Oh man, Nikhil comeback!”

Another update on the Shudder-o-Meter!!  We’re at 25%!

I did another 5 chapters this weekend and the beta readers were VERY enthusiastic about them:

“How do you come up with such things?  What those beasts are I cannot imagine…”

“Hurry up and write more please!”

“Oh man, Nikhil comeback out of nowhere!”

“I absolutely love it.” 

“I read all 5 chapters in one sitting again!  I can’t put this book down!!!”

More coming soon!  (As long as the power doesn’t go out here this weekend… argh.  We’re getting hit with a huge snowstorm in NY right now, so I’m keeping my laptop fully charged just in case!)

Shudder-o-Meter update! 13% “Isn’t this a little, um, dirty?”

Hey guys!  I’ve got an update for you on the Shudder-o-Meter!

That’s right – 13%!!!  As you know, I do most of my writing on the weekends (got that pesky job during the week…) and I lost a few days of productivity the week before last due to being out of town, but over this weekend I finally had an opportunity to crawl into my writing hole and make some real progress!

And I’m SO happy with how these first few chapters are shaping up – we’re diving right in to the action and romance, as promised, and I think you guys are really going to like them!

Here’s what the beta readers had to say this week:

“I love this fast pace!”


“I got into bed last night planning to read for 30 min, and then I couldn’t put it down!  So I got no sleep, thank you.”

“Isn’t this a little, um, dirty for a young adult audience?”  (Don’t worry, romance fans, I’m not cutting out the scene in question!)

“I love how Alessa and Isaac are together – I’m so happy for them!  But I’m also really scared for them with the [spoiler comments removed!].”

Introducing Shudder-o-Meter (that’s right – the sequel is coming!!)

It’s official – Shudder production has commenced!

After many hours of feedback gathering and in-depth planning, I penned the very first chapter this weekend.  And let me tell you – we’re starting this one off with a bang!

To keep you up-to-date on my progress, I’d like to introduce a handy little tool: the Shudder-o-Meter!

Each week as I complete more chapters, I will revise this meter’s level of completion, and once the cover is entirely in color, Shudder will be complete!

What’s more, as I receive feedback from my beta readers, I will share the best tidbits with you guys to whet your appetite for the next installment of the Stitch trilogy.

Here’s what the beta readers had to say this week:

“OMG – did she really die?  No, she couldn’t have died… could she??”

Sorry guys!  That’s all I can say for now…  Stay tuned for more Shudder info in the coming weeks!