Title: Thundering LUV
Author: L.M. Preston
Series: Summer LUV’n
Publisher: Phenomenal One Press
Release Date: May 7th 2013
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance
Source: RBTL World of Books Blog Tour
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Jewel has always been able to get the guy she wanted. The starting jock on the football team, the team captain on the basketball team, and the lead swimmer on the swim team. Problem is, she didn’t find them the least bit exciting. Was she cold or a she-wolf for guys? Colin thought so, and he’d do anything to bring her down a peg or two. When these two collide on the sandy beach during their mixed up summer vacation, sparks fly, making this a summer neither will forget.
Today we welcome L.M. Preston, author of Thundering LUV, a YA contemporary romance..
Where were you born and where do you call home?
I was born in Washington, DC and live in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.
What or who inspired you to write? And how long have you been writing?
I’d have to say Dave Campbell (an author I worked with) and my husband. I used to write when I was a teenager. However, all that stopped when I started college, got married, had kids and a job. When I was on a long drive with my family, my husband challenged me to start writing again about six years ago and I haven’t stopped yet.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I considered myself a writer, author, composer of the written word when my first book was published. For some reason I didn’t feel worthy to do so until then. Now I think much differently. You are a writer when you start to write.
What is the name of your most recent book and if you had to sum it up in 30 or less words, what would you say?
Thundering Luv, is a summer romance where neither person is quite the way they seem. Jewel Dupree is much more complex than she lets on, and Colin Davies opinion of her is totally off the mark. Yet, they find out the true depth of what summer love brings.
I love reading the warnings on the blurbs for many books. If you could write a warning label for yourself as a person or an author, what would it say?
Must have mandatory day off once a week or will go loco.
Have you based any of your characters on someone you know, or real events in your own life?
I’d have to say each of my characters have a tiny bit of resemblance to someone I knew, observed or from myself. I’m a people watcher and tend to tuck away moments that may add some spice to a story.
Do you have a specific writing style?
I’m rather structured. I come up with either a plot idea or a character. Then I outline it which usually takes me a month. After that I start writing a bit of it each day.
How did you come up with the title?
Since this is the 2nd book in the summer ‘Luv’ series, it had to end in Luv, but I knew this romance would be turbulent, so I figured I would key in on a scene in the book and name it Thundering Luv.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Yes, never take people at face value. Try to be sympathetic to the reason people are the way they are and understand that you never know a person until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.
Do you have plans for a new book? Is this book part of a series?
I’m currently writing book 2 in my YA, Paranormal series, Purgatory Reign. Also, the third book in this summer ‘Luv’ short story series named Double Trouble Luv due out summer of 2014.
Who designed the cover of your book?
Emma Michaels designed it. I told her I wanted two people kissing in the rain. She delivered me a beautiful cover.
Oh, I love her covers and her books!
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Hawaii! I even based the scenes of my series, Bandits on my travels to Hawaii.
Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover?
I personally now prefer ebooks because they take up little space and I can get instant gratification when searching for and purchasing a book I want.
What can we expect from you in the future? ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?
Well I write in th
ree different genre’s now, Young Adult, Romance, Scifi, Contemporary Romance and Middle Grade. I’m thinking of tackling New Adult and doing a serial novel, but we will see.
Thank you for stopping by and sharing both about yourself and the wonderful little excerpt below. And don’t forget happy readers, there’s a giveaway too!
“I mean, how does your mom do it? Most ladies can’t even find a guy to marry them – my mom is still ‘dating’ my dad and can’t get him to commit. But your mom,” Amy inhaled loudly, “she’s like…hum, like a husband whisperer or something,” Amy laughed.
Jewel lifted her shades to peek out at Amy, “So are you saying guys and dogs are the same?” she jumped up and plopped down on Amy’s butt to tickle Amy’s feet, “You calling my mom a dog trainer,” she giggled.
Whack! The volleyball hit Jewel on the forehead with such force, she fell backwards. Jewel’s foot hit’s Meg’s drink and red juice splattered all over her white bikini. Amy’s butt went upward to knock Jewel onto the hard deck. Falling back, Jewel’s head hit the wood floor knocking her shades off.
Jewel tried to catch her breath. Pain and anger became one as she blinked against the glare of the sun. Her eyes meet the dark brown ones of a laughing boy standing above her. A gorgeous guy, but who cared, he’d hit her so hard with his dumb ball, she was seeing stars.
“You! You! Stupid, don’t you know how to hit a ball?” Jewel struggled to get up, and pushed the boys tanned hand away from her. His unruly long black hair, dark eyes, and full lips cocked up in a smirk made her angrier.
“I’m trying to help you,” his baritone voice sounded like he was fighting against laughter, and he grasped her hand. His firm muscular shaped arm flexed as he bent to help her.
Jewel slapped it away, “I don’t want your help you ruined my bathing suit and,” she touched her forehead where a small lump was forming, “put a knot on my head!” She pushed at him and stood up, grabbing the volleyball off the ground. His yummy face taunted her when his eyebrow went up questioning her motive. Then she aimed the ball at his head and missed.
He ducked, “What was that for?” His laughing eyes turned stormy.
Waving her hand at him, she stepped forward. “Idiots that hit girls with their,” Jewel slipped back, and tried to get her balance, but the last thing she remembered was him smirking at her as her head hit the floor again.
L.M. Preston was born in Washington, DC. She loved to create poetry and short-stories as a young girl. A Techie and Educator for over sixteen years, she started writing science fiction under the encouragement of her husband who was a Sci-Fi buff and her four kids. She has an obsessive desire to write and create stories of young people who overcome unbelievable odds.
She loves to write while on the porch watching her kids play or when she is traveling, which is another passion that encouraged her writing. In addition to being an author, she’s also a Moderator for Yalitchat.ning.org, 2012 Vice President of Mid Atlantic Book Association and 2012 co-chair for the Maryland Writer’s Conference.
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