Reading Between the Wines and Kelly at Secrets of a Book Lover. This one is aimed primarily at bloggers and books for the 18 and over crowd.
Question of the Week: If you could beta read for any author who would it be and why?
Okay, I'm going to cheat a bit here and go with 2 authors - not because I can't make up my mind, but because I'd want to beta read for them for 2 very different reasons.
First is Clive Barker. The man is a genius, the perfect mix of literary talent, artistic talent, and sheer imagination. He is a man who is very free with his ramblings, musings, and thoughts on upcoming projects . . . but he's also a man who goes where his muse takes him, and who does so at his own pace. As a result, we're left teased with the glorious promise of Black Is The Devil's Rainbow (the finished short story collection that his publisher has left in limbo), The Scarlet Gospels (his epic 'Pinhead versus Harry D'Amour' novel that has gone to a beta reader/editor), The Art 3 (the final book of the trilogy begun with The Great and Secret Show and Everville), and books like Cabal 2 and 3, Galilee 2, etc. I'm not saying that a beta reader could do anything to move these projects along, but it'd sure be nice to be a part of the process.
Second would be Brandon Sanderson. The man is a machine, turning out more work - and quality work, at that - in a year than should be possible for any human being. He is also quite probably the most exciting author in the realm of fantasy right now, and I have to admit to being a little impatient for the likes of the final Wheel of Time novel, the sequel to The Way of Kings, and the series due to begin with Steelheart.