Monthly Archives: August 2016


Team DL White wants YOU to be a Beta Reader!

Posted 31 August, 2016 by DLWhite in Random 0 Comments

There comes a time in every author’s life when they have to unzip the plastic bubble they’ve encased themselves in, step out into the open and actually… speak to other people. Even if it’s via email. 

When you’re a beginning writer, you learn that much of this hobby/job/obsession is solitary. It’s just you and your keyboard, maybe some google,  some snacks and rain sounds or music or white noise. But then you’re looking at a bunch of words and you think it looks fine but… you need some input. OR maybe you’re at a point where you’re like…………whaaaaaaaaaaaat is going oooonnnn here? What am I doing? Where do I go from here?  

Portrait of attractive focused hipster taking notes against red brick background

This is where Beta Readers come in. And where I need help. Help ME help YOU.

If you don’t know what a Beta Reader is… it’s… well it’s when you… I saw one once when… okay …if you’re a book lover and interested in the pre-publication process and like an author’s work and are interested in helping that author polish a pre-published work, then Beta Reading might be right for you. 

And if it is INDEED right for you, I am currently taking names and email addresses for those interested. I’d love to have you! I just have a few requirements: 

  1. Be interested in me and my work. I don’t need raging, raving, drooling fanatics who just want to read the book early and don’t have anything to say. I want people who like my work and are interested in helping me improve and polish it before it hits gen pop. There is NOTHING more embarrassing than seeing something in a review that I should have caught while writing/editing. This is where you come in.
  2. An interest in reading women’s fiction and romance.
  3. A generally positive attitude and outlook. Writing is hard. What won’t help me is a bad attitude about writing or reading. Don’t read? Sick of romance? Skip this one
  4. Time and willingness to read and respond with feedback, good or bad. Looking for people who are tactful but provide meaningful commentary. Don’t look for something to be wrong but if something IS wrong, please point it out. Nicely. In a timely manner. I’m not looking for immediate feedback but being able to provide commentary in 3-5 days would be great. 
  5. VERY helpful if you have or can use a google email address since I use google docs to send my work out.  

Interested? Check out this link. Fill out the form and I’ll get back to you! 



Excerpt: Beach Thing- Coming soon!

Excerpt: Beach Thing- Coming soon!

I get nervous to share new work because… well, because. It’s nerve wracking. I feel like the second I share it, people become aware of it and start asking questions and then I hit a wall and never finish (See Dinner at Sam’s, The Never List, Missing Persons– all have about 8 chapters of blah and I have no desire to return to them at the moment). This blog doesn’t exist to host snippets of unfinished work. So, I am tempted to hold this until I know I am finished with the book.

So if you don’t see this post until end of August, early September, my butt went numb and I chickened out and held it. But if you see it on August 24th, I got over myself and posted it.

At any rate, here’s a little piece of Beach Thing, a contemporary black romance with a cozy beach theme. Pub Date, Septemberish.



ICYMI- Celebrity (Fanfiction)

ICYMI- Celebrity (Fanfiction)

In case anyone wanted to read the fanfic story I wrote for the August writing challenge, I have uploaded a pdf copy to my site. You can check it out below. Copyrighted, all rights reserved and things like that.  DISCLAIMERS- this story is fanfiction, written in the *NSYNC universe therefore my hero is caucasian. My heroine, Lena is Latina. Know before you go!  CLICKY



Is ‘crappily’ even a word? On writing.

Is ‘crappily’ even a word? On writing.

I think I can’t do it. I don’t commit to writing because I don’t know that I can finish it. “Just write, you can edit later” is advice I give everyone but never take. I don’t want to write some crap I have to fix or delete later. I want to write something clear and concise and intriguing and beautiful, that may need fleshing out and primping, but doesn’t need to be completely torn down in another session. Right now…….I’m just writing crappily.



[Review] Adore You by Nicole Falls

[Review] Adore You by Nicole Falls

Ellis and Devorah (or Bee, as she is affectionately called by friends and family) have known each other for years (he’s her ex-boyfriend’s brother and a close family friend) and have even tried the relationship thing a time or two. Ellis’ notorious playboy ways have always landed him square in the “Not Him” column. Not to mention, Bee doesn’t want to be the girl that has dated both of the Everett boys.