Feel free to leave a comment below with your honest opinion of my prologue. I am constantly updating this chapter, so there may be some minor technical flaws.

Beta readers will be directed to leave full reviews here as well, so please notate that you have read the entire manuscript.

Thank you!

Chapter One
Categories: BlogThoughts

William Wassmann

I'm a University of Washington alumni graduating with my Bachelors in Theatre Arts with an emphasis on theatre history. My mission in life is to spread positive energy, encourage my fellow writers to become published authors, and make you cry your eyes out. My favorite part about storytelling is exploring motivations and character interactions, and I believe these to be the mark of a well executed tale.

6 Comments

sophie · June 23, 2018 at 4:45 pm

The ‘Shaper’s Timepiece’ was an amazingly fun ride of a story. that if I wasn’t laughing or feeling heartbroken, I was on the edge of my seat. I had the great pleasure of being a beta reader and it was the best book I’ve read in years. it was fast paced and never felt slow or lagging. the characters were spectacular and relatable. each one was a unique individual and it felt like you knew them. my two favourites were Colleen (the MC) and Emily. their friendship was the cherry on top of it all. the world was interesting, and the ending left me speechless.

the only problem I found with ‘The Shaper’s Timepiece’ was, although it was obvious that all the characters had reasons for their actions. some of them didn’t fully translate onto the page. and some of the action scenes were a little confusing at times. as a beta reader, I did get the luxury of asking the author what he meant. something a reader buying the book won’t have. but considering this book hasn’t come out yet and this is only the first book in a series, I do believe that this will be resolved one way or another.

overall, ‘The Shaper’s Timepiece’ was a fantastic book that I would recommend to a friend. I highly recommend you read it for yourself as well.

4.5 stars.

KAMcpherson · June 18, 2018 at 1:16 pm

Okay be ill get this right i have had the pleasure to beta read The Shapers Time piece. The characters were amazing the the action at times was heart stopping the story it self was gripping and left you wanting more. I hope everyone gets the opportunity to read this engrossing dystopic tale nightmares aside this is a definate must read.

storiedsong · March 31, 2018 at 11:30 am

Hello Everyone! Beta-reader here! I read this amazing story back when it was Carlyle Timepiece. Then like now I was completely drawn into the story. This is a story of superheroes for a new generation. For me, Collen was the protagonist that I love and couldn’t stand in equal measure. You know, that person that you want to just hate but can’t help but like them, yeah. She is flawed and relatable but above all else she is believable! Through most of the novel, she is as normal as you or I and has no clue as to the ability that lies just beneath the surface. She doesn’t come busting out of chapter one with amazing superhuman powers, or even have one inkling of what she really is and what her family is…or is not involved in. It is this,”learning with her” as the story rolls on that keeps your butt cemented to your seat and your eyes glued to the page. I’ll be honest I lost some sleep over this novel because I stayed up way past my bedtime in my one sitting reading. If memory serves, I do believe the sun was coming up by the time I finished. The ending was satisfying without being solidified, and left me hungry for more. As for the villain…I hate him, I mean serious loathing! He is sadistic, evil, and all those other qualities that make a perfect villain, well a perfect villain. Marvel would have a blockbuster on their hands like none they have ever had if this were to one day get picked up by them. Yes, I went there because this story has that kind of complex and diverse potential. This book reads like a Marvel story! So I think that it goes without saying that this novel gets a resounding five-star rating from me. Oh, that villain! I am mad just thinking about him!

Mabuhl · March 18, 2018 at 9:39 pm

Beta reader- I’ve been following this story from the very beginning. Ever since the short story I’ve been hooked. I cannot wait until the finalized product is on sale. I’ll be first in line. Amazing blend of science fiction with modern day issues. The Shaper’s Timepiece is easily one of my favorite stories to read. 5 star recommendation all the way.

Jo Lorrimer · March 13, 2018 at 8:55 pm

Beta reader here!

The Shaper’s Timepiece follows Colleen Rose Carlyle and a cast of intriguing allies and enemies in a world of war and magic. When Colleen’s life is thrown into chaos in the wake of a terrorist attack, she finds herself pulled into a reawakening conflict from the past that will keep the reader hooked with every turn.

Good character-based drama coupled with gripping action, it’s a book that will stick in your mind long after it’s been closed. The story’s greatest strength lies in its characters, with incredibly likeable protagonists, a wonderfully hateable antagonist, and an appealing and diverse supporting cast.

I give the draft a score of four stars. The beginning has a rather slow pace in contrast with the rest of the story, but the overall experience is well worth it. Although it’s still a little rough around the edges, the draft is damn near being perfect.

Dv · March 12, 2018 at 11:24 am

Beta-Reader: read the entire manuscript.

Shape your time to include “The Shaper’s Timepiece,” and experience the fountain of youth that is this addictive science fiction story, written by the talented W.M. Wassmann. Reeled in by the charms of Chemistry teacher, Simon Hendrix, one skips a beat with the realization that this “Breaking Bad” man isn’t all he seems. Mr. Hendrix’s life is in fact deeply intertwined with one of his students, Colleen Roslyn Carlyle. She, though not a heroine at first, is the rebellious daughter of a local Governor. Attending high-school, Colleen would rather be anywhere else, avoiding the paparazzi eye that hounds the heels of the Carlyle name.

However, it is difficult to disappear when a terrorist attack takes place at KeyArena in Seattle during a live performance, where Colleen and her boyfriend Cory had snuck in to see the incredible Emily Pidgeon perform. Struggling with grief and an unemotional response from her parents who remember the death of her older brother Robert nine years ago, Colleen decides to brave life on her own. Pulled into a world and a Forgotten War, hidden from the public eye by a powerful Psychic, Colleen must choose between the side of Unity and that of Liberty.

Even though Unity may hold the answers to Colleen’s past and her father’s Timepiece, Liberty is home to the Protoborn and supernaturally gifted, much like Colleen’s late brother. Powerful and moving scenes engage the reader, and I particularly enjoyed the back-story given to each character. The blend of reality and fiction, with real-life settings and believable characters, pulls one in making it impossible to stop reading. This tale isn’t just one of perseverance through grief, trials, and insurmountable obstacles, but it calls into question humanity, and what that means with regards to evolution and adaptation.

A Five-Star Review: I highly recommend “The Shaper’s Timepiece.”

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