Monday, September 19, 2016

My Dark Characters

CREATING THE MOOD FOR DARK CHARACTERS





Is sometimes difficult when your mind isn't 'dark'.

So sometimes setting the MOOD
with 
Music is a good start.

GANGSTA from SUICIDE SQUAD
and HEATHENs
Helped me this version

Wha
What do you use to deal with DARK MOODS
DARK CHARACTERS
DARK...places?


Monday, September 5, 2016

Wrestling with Characters



Yep, I feel like this sometimes. The development of a character is a give and take. Authors come up with various ways in which they are 'introduced' to their characters.

By dreaming about a character at night.

Day dreaming about a character.

Inspiration from a person in daily life.

An event.

An alter ego.

What ever the means is that a character is introduced. Sometimes development of the character is difficult.

HOW TO DEVELOP YOUR CHARACTERS

Since I am a visual person, I may go about this differently than most authors.

1) I find a picture and likeness of my character
2) I paste them on my screen or wall
3) I jot down three good qualities about them
4) I jot down three negative qualities about them
5) I write out what I want to improve in their personality
6) I play with their dialogue
7) I note their major moods
8) I list their 'ticks' or habit, repeated words they like to say

Once I've built this, I dive into writing. When I get stuck, I go to my picture and list of qualities for inspiration.

Monday, August 15, 2016

The Writer's Addiction

There are many many passionate people in the world. However, a Writer's passion sometimes boarders on obsession.

There are many kinds of writers. Some you've probably met or heard about.

The author that never finishes a peice of work, only to write a bit, until they get another idea, then write some more.

The author that almost finishes that piece of work but can't seem to stop tweaking and correcting it.

The author that actually finishes their first draft and are done with the darn thing because it's in so bad of shape.

The author that likes to write little stories here and there.

The author that is a story machine, writing and writing new manuscripts that never get edited or see the light of day.

Well there are those authors above and more out there.

At different times, I represented several of these types of authors.

The ONE thing that stands firm is MY WRITING and STORY TELLING obsession.

I simply can't stop.

WHAT ARE YOU PASSIONATE about? Is it WRITING? ART? SHOPPING?



Wednesday, January 6, 2016

A New Year - New Dreams







What a way to start my year! See that picture up there? My daughter drew that for me.

Humbling for sure.

2015 was a great year. But 2016 will be better.

I plan on finishing up the Purgatory Reign Series and creating a boxed set of my Summer Luv series.

The rest of the year will be planning for a tour.

Stay tuned! There is more to come.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Blog Tour! Deviant Storm book 2 of Purgatory Reign Series

Join ME in celebrating the release of DEVIANT STORM


Bewitching Tour
Schedule Deviant Storm
by LM Preston

 
October 26 Spotlight
Sapphyria's Book Reviews
http://saphsbookblog.blogspot.com/
 
October 27 Spotlight
Lisa’s World of Books
www.lisasworldofbooks.net
 
October 28 Interview
Deal Sharing Aunt
www.dealsharingaunt.blogspot.com
 
October 29 Spotlight
Zenny's Awesome Book Reviews
https://zennysawesomebookreviews.wordpress.com/
 
October 30 Guest blog
Mythical Books
http://mythicalbooks.blogspot.ro/
proposed topic: Good and Evil in Paranormal Romance
 
October 30 Spotlight
Highlighted Author     
http://highlightedauthor.com
 
November 2 Spotlight
3 Partners in Shopping; Nana, Mommy, &; Sissy too!
http://3partnersinshopping.blogspot.com/
 
November 3 Spotlight
Teatime and Books
http://www.teatimeandbooks76.blogspot.com/
 
November 4 Spotlight
Share My Destiny
http://sharemydestiny.blogspot.com
 
November 5 Spotlight
Around the World in Books – 
http://www.aroundtheworldinbooks.ca/
 
November 6 Top ten List
Roxanne’s Realm
www.roxannerhoads.com
 
November 6 Guest Blog
Fang-tastic Books
www.fang-tasticbooks.blogspot.com
 
November 9 Interview
The Creatively Green Write at Home Mom
www.creativelygreen.blogspot.com
 
 
LM Preston,YA SciFi Author
www.lmpreston.com
Blog: http://lmpreston.blogspot.com/
Tweet Me: http://twitter.com/LM_Preston
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My Books
Explorer X - Alpha, The Pack, BANDITS, Purgatory Reign
Read Excerpts: The Pack, Bandits, The Pack-Retribution, 
Explorer X-Beta, Flutter Of Luv, Purgatory Reign  
 
Writing stories for and about kids that overcome the impossible...
 

Friday, October 16, 2015

DEVIANT STORM - Releases Today!

Yes, I've been quiet. Quietly working on this baby for you!

DEVIANT STORM

BOOK 2 in the PURGATORY REIGN SERIES



DEVIANT STORM: (book 2 Purgatory Reign Series) 

The battle is on. Peter Saints thought he'd killed It. But bad people never stay down. Now the jail of his enemy is weakening. Luck is running out for Peter and the girl he saved by wagering the Earth. Only now, with each second and secret revealed, his enemy gains the answers to destroy Peter and devour the world.


Amazon

Smashwords

coming soon in iTunes and Barnes & Noble

Monday, April 20, 2015

Double Trouble Luv by LM Preston - New Release!

Guess Who Had An Early Release Day!
 
Me - Me - Me
 
Introducting

Double Trouble Luv


Description:

Sorina’s life has gone downhill. Helping her family regain all they’d lost weighed heavy on her mind. However, when her mother sacrificed their rent money for a ticket to an Amusement Park, Sorina felt things were changing . And it only got better. That day she’d met Tristan, who’d asked her for one small favor, one that would change her life forever.

Double Trouble Luv is a stand alone novella, book 3 in the Summer Luv Series that include: Thundering Luv and Flutter Of Luv.

Just 99cents!
Smashwords:
Amazon:

Coming soon on other platforms

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Are In Person Book Tours Still 'In'?

BOOK TOURS - Do Authors Still Do These?

I know a few author peers both Indie and Trad Pub that have limited promo budgets. One of the things they've given up has been the 'In Person Book Signing Tours'.

I even stopped my road show last year and doubt I'll be able to do it this year.

THEY ARE STILL A VIABLE PROMO TOOL

The truth is, although it cost a lot to do them, and many bookstores are becoming super picky about them, there is still something about meeting your readers face to face.

THE COST CAN OUTWEIGH THE PROFIT

With the rising cost of promotional upheavel with Amazon's repositioning of the way readers 'see' or access books, finding online sources to reach readers can get costly.

I've given up the $5000 I usually budget for a yearly tour which includes travel and promotion, to a much smaller advertising and virtual tour only.
 
BACK ON THE ROAD AGAIN

However, with the lack of 'In Person' marketing and selling of my MIDDLE GRADE books, I found that sales for that particular series hasn't grown much.

Therefore, next year, 2016 I am planning a book tour again. Indie Style! I've had tons of success by doing Trade Shows, Festivals, non-book stores, school and library events.

That's my aim for 2016. Also, I'm staying local. If I can't drive to it and home in a day - I can't go. Unless I'm already traveling to that location.
 
THE IN PERSON BOOK TOURS & SIGNINGs

They aren't dead, but now, more than ever the term "QUALITY" over "QUANITY" is the name of the game.

WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON BOOK TOURS? Yay? Nay? Do it all online?

Friday, March 20, 2015

Reader's Have Picky Taste

READERs HAVE PICKY TASTE

You ever sit and think about the types of books you read? I have, seriously considered it since getting in the publishing biz. However, prior to that, I just knew what I liked and didn't really stray too far from that.

Amazon even knew what I liked and would suggest other great books that fit in the genre, type, author, or storyline I tended to read.

Now even Netflix does that with movie selections. AMAZING!

EVALUATE WHAT YOU LIKE TO READ AND WHY? Ever do that?

I've nailed down what it is I like in each genre I read. So let's see, I dare you to do the same.

YOUNG ADULT BOOKS

I really like a coming of age story about a hard to like character, who grows in some major way, and who falls in love. I personally enjoy reading YA books with love interest and fiesty girls.

HORROR BOOKS

Action, lots of it, mixed with gore and some mystery.

ROMANCE BOOKS

I love books with the main character as a virgin. The guy has to be a rogue.  I find I really dislike weak main characters that aren't in relationships becuase they can't find anyone. I like them to be popular with guys, still have a virtue, yet is just as 'gorgeous' as the leading man.

MYSTERIES

I prefer my mystery novels to have a fast paced plot, lots of action and suspense.

MY AUTHOR and PUBLISHER HAT RESPONSE TO READER's TASTE

This evaluation of type of reader selection has made me very directed in how I select reviewers of my books. Also, how to select beta readers and critique partners.

If you have a reviewer, beta reader, critique partner that doesn't like the type of character, book, setting, or genre - there is sure to be a mitchmatch in opinion and feedback.

You are rather unlikely to change a readers taste or pallet in the types of books they prefer. So don't try.

SO  - WHAT DO YOU LIKE IN A GOOD BOOK?