Beta Readers for Portals of Edris

I am looking for beta readers for my novel Portals of Edris. Have a look at it before it gets published. It is currently only 25 pages. Any feedback would be amazing and appreciated.

Please comment here or contact me through email.
roseonthehorizon@gmail.com

I will be aiming to lengthen it and then review it before sending it to publishers.

Here is the prologue:

The Will
The office was not well maintained. It was quiet except for the ticking of the grandfather clock. A painting took up most of the wall opposite the door. It also smelt quite stale. There was a lot to get through. Catherine was sad. Her great uncle had just passed away. She was there for a will reading. She began to grow restless. She needed to know that her children were okay. The will reading was getting boring.
Derrick the will reader was very serious. His tone solemn to fit the occasion. The minutes passed away slowly. Derrick cleared his throat. “We are nearly finished Catherine.” Catherine sighed in relief.
“Can you give me a summary?” she asked.
“Toby left each of your children $5,000. You received $20,000 and inherited the Harford Castle.”
“Wait. I inherited a castle. That does not sound right!” Catherine was shocked! What was she supposed to do with a castle? The children would probably enjoy it, but it would be more difficult looking after them. Who knows what sort of mischief they’d get up to!
“This now concludes the will of Sir Toby Harford.”
Catherine was relieved it was over. She shook Derrick’s hand and stood up. Catherine was glad the will reading was finally finished. She needed to get back to the children. She had three children. The youngest was seven, the second was eleven and the eldest was 14.
Her husband had gone missing a year ago and so she was left to raise their three children alone. She really missed him. She was going to have to find a babysitter if they were going to move to Harford castle.
She was wondering how she was going to find a babysitter. She decided to make a short ad to put in the local newspaper and on a few noticeboards around town. It was going to take about a week to get everything sorted. There was a lot to sort through in the house and she had to check out the Harford Castle before the kids saw it. Just to see if it was suitable.

So then began the search for a babysitter.

Balance and Study

Maintaining a balance between studying and the rest of your life can be difficult. Studying can be the focus of your life without it being the only thing you do. Having a healthy lifestyle and spending time with friends is something you don’t want to neglect. Some examples of good time management may be to create a timeline in which to complete assignments. Another thing to do is keeping track of each unit and its requirements. If you are studying a course in which volunteering would be beneficial, with good time management it may be achievable. There is not as much time to see friends while studying full time. Arranging study sessions with friends allows one to both study and spend time with friends. Seeing family at least once a week helps to keep motivated. Balancing self care with study can be easy for some people while difficult for others.
Setting aside time each day to study helps to create a daily routine. Besides seeing friends, exercise is also something not to neglect while studying. Making sure to exercise three times a week can help with keeping the body and brain healthy which helps with studying. Another suggestion would be to complete assignments at least two days before they are due in order to review. Some study strategies include Creating an assignment deadline list and studying for two hours minimum each day. Studying in the library rather than at home is another strategy. Balancing study with exercise and Studying with friends are also strategies. One of the best strategies is to create a list of assignments using backward planning. Keeping a day planner and marking out blocks of study time is a useful way to keep on track.

Denise’s Decision

Leaves fall from the trees,
The flowers were in bloom.
The sky was clear.
Here I could release my thoughts,
There was a slight breeze.
It made me want to sneeze!
Her thoughts began to meander.
How was the earth made?
Why was she born?
The sea breeze gave her tranquility
She had to find peace within herself

How would she cope when her grandmother died?
The thought made her want to cry.
She only had another 6 months to live.
She was going to make the most of those 6 months!
Denise was as sure as ever. She was determined to spend time with her grandmother.
The next day she moved into the spare bedroom in her grandmother’s house.
She helped her grandmother garden. She also got rid of the cobwebs the infested the outside of her grandmother’s house.

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