I need one last beta reader for my upcoming collection of short stories

Hello everyone! I'm getting ready to publish my third novel, and I’m looking for one last motivated and passionate beta reader to help me out. I hired a few others recently who were a great help, and now that I am making final adjustments, I need one more set of eyes to help me make sure this book is the best it can be. I'd prefer to get it back in a week or less, if possible. It's a short story collection (thought they are all connected in one way or another) and it is mostly romantic in nature. It's not very long, approximately 53,000 words. And only 135 pages total on the Microsoft Word document I have it on now. But it's honestly a quick read. I'm looking for readers that are fans of old-fashioned romance and realistic stories about love. They are also intended as “slice of life” stories that hopefully make you think. A lot of the stories do not have a traditional beginning, middle, and end. Also, just a warning: The stories are very dialogue heavy. I thrive on writing good, intimate/meaningful dialogue (usually between two people). It's what I'm best at, so I tend to write a lot of it. There's no graphic content and it contains minimal profanity. My ideal beta reader is someone who can you use Microsoft Word and make comments and suggestions in the “track changes feature.” I love it when readers leave random comments throughout, noting if you think something is funny, sad, relate-able, confusing… whatever it makes you feel, I’d love to know about it. And then I ask that you leave a little summary of thoughts at the end of each chapter/story, letting me know what your first impression was and what you did or didn’t like about it. I also ask that you please make note of any errors you come across as you read it, but it should be relatively error free. I want to make sure though, so if you are someone that has a talent for catching errors in books, you automatically earn extra points ;) Please note, if you don't write a proposal, I will not hire you. If you'd like to look me up (Luke P. Narlee) to see examples of my previously published books, I have two currently available on Amazon: Guest Bed and The Appointment: Lost & Found (book 1). I'm really proud of how these stories came out and I'm excited to share it with the world soon! Finally, here is my working (not perfect) synopsis for the book do give you a better idea of what it’s about:

Romance is alive and well in Luke P. Narlee’s striking debut collection of thirteen stories about love and loneliness that read like brief glimpses of important moments in people’s lives.

A once-famous elderly author has a heart-to-heart with his new nurse right before an important surgery that may cost him his sight. Their new friendship inspires and ignites both his imagination and his memory to recall semi-true love stories about the women in his life. A woman writes a love letter to the one she let get away but can’t decide what to do with it. Fed up with all men, Norah signs up for a dating service that promises the “perfect date,” but is there really such a thing? Attempting to get away for the weekend, a new mother and her baby must first endure a frustrating train ride that is full of surprises. Marilyn is convinced that her husband is having an affair after he gives his new restaurant a suspiciously peculiar name. But is it all in her head? And two star-crossed lovers, destined to be together, continue to meet again and again throughout different lifetimes, though not always under ideal circumstances. And more!

In the end, it’s all about the chances we take and the connections we make while we’re still alive. Be kind and honest to the people you know—and the new people you meet—while you still have the chance. It’s too important to wait. Everyone has a lesson to learn in these mysterious, inter-connected stories that are sometimes funny, often bittersweet, and always full of heart. This collection begs the reader to ask themselves “Am I making the most of my life?”

Skills: Editing, Proofreading

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