For Writer Wednesday, I'm celebrating this week's PURGATORY REIGN blog tour from YA author, LM Preston.
Fortunate enough to have read this as a beta reader, I can tell you
that it absolutely rocks! Check out the extended excerpt and discover a bit
more about the author, LM Preston.
Something evil this
way comes, unfortunately for it, Peter Saints is waiting.
Seventeen-year-old Peter Saints' life stinks. But things are about to
get much worse. First, his parents are murdered in front of him. Then another
victim dies in his arms.
Visions plague Peter with warnings that something wants him for a
sinister cause. It desires the one thing that Peter refuses to give - his
On the run with Angel, a scruffy kid, Peter starts to unravel the
mystery. It's the one secret the heavens sought to hide from the world.
Unfortunately, when Peter finds the answer he hopes that will save the girl he
loves, he opens the door to a great evil that happens to be salivating to meet
Title: Purgatory Reign
Purgatory Reign, Book 1
ebook (March 2013) Print (May 2013)
Phenomenal One Press
Young Adult, Paranormal Romance, SciFi
Peter took a moment to catch his breath. “I
left. I left the grounds. But something’s bad has happened. Sh-she…Hanna died!”
He coughed and his eyes watered. “Because of me! My fault. It was my fault. You
gotta help her! I always screw up. Always. Please…”
Pastor Finn put his hands on Peter’s shoulders
and shook him. “Why’d you leave? I told you never to leave here. You’ll put us
all in danger. Yourself in danger. I didn’t save your butt for you to screw
this up, boy.” He yanked Peter by the shirt and down the stairs. Then dragged
him, practically running, all the way to the cellar stairs where he pointed at
the small door where Peter had escaped. “Sixteen years old and you think you
are man enough to make it out there?” he grumbled. “This is where you got out?”
He sighed. “You don’t understand.”
“It’s my fault! Did you hear me? I killed
someone! You gotta help her.” Peter jerked out of his grasp and grabbed Pastor
Finn’s shirt, facing off with him. For once in a long while, he stared down the
man eye to eye. He straightened up to his full height. The older man’s gray
crew cut and piercing blue eyes were filled with fear. Peter’s hand loosened in
shock that it was the first time he remembered that Pastor Finn looked afraid.
“I can’t help the dead.” He pushed Peter’s
hands away from him. “But I have to help you. Come with me.” Peter watched him, confused. His teeth
clenched at Pastor Finn’s betrayal. “I thought you were different. I have to go
back. Bury her, like she deserves.” Peter stumbled backwards.
LM. Preston was born and raised in Washington, DC. An avid reader, she loved to create poetry and short-stories as a young girl. With a thirst for knowledge she attended college at Bowie State University, and worked in the IT field as 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. Her first published novel, Explorer X - Alpha was the beginning of her 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.
The day has arrived! 12-12-12 marks the announcement
of the teams for Pitch Wars! Woot!
With the final number of 43 pitches in the inbox, let me say that I am both honored and humbled by this experience. It was SO difficult to narrow it down to only three. Every single one of you that pitched is amazing. I hope the feedback helps, and PLEASE do not hesitate to contact me. I will be stalking watching your writing careers and waving the ninja stars in support. Now forward and let the Pitch Wars commence!
Big welcome to Team Ninja!
Top Ninja Mentee:
Usman Malik's Thriller:
LORD OF THE DANCE
If you any reason Usman cannot fulfill his duties on team ninja,
we have two star alternates ready in the wings...
Jason Nelson's Urban Fantasy
Kris Mehigan's Contemporary Suspense
Thank you to everyone who subbed in Pitch Wars. If you didn't enter this year, be sure to have your query and MS ready for the next awesome contest from Brenda Drake. Please cheer on the teams as we prepare for battle in the Agent Round this January!
Keep note of the #PitchWars chat on Twitter, because the mentors have a great surprise for everyone and we hope you'll join in the fun!
How did you like this years Pitch Wars? Will you stop by for the Agent Rounds in January? What do you think the mentors' secret project is?
Are you ready for
this? We have 16 incredible agents vying for
our Pitch Wars team manuscripts. We're so excited to see what
pitches they fall in love with, and what teams will win the
coveted Pitch Wars Most Requested Manuscript title.
And, in no
particular order, here are the agents...
Louise is seeking teen
Sci-Fi and Young Adult horror. She's
also on the hunt for deep, dark contemporary YA and select
Middle Grade fiction with a literary feel--it must be
realistic and thought provoking and the characters must be
authentic and original. Louise loves horror and romance,
especially Regency and Victorian.
Natalieis looking for
commercial fiction, with an emphasis in children’s
literature (from picture book-teen), romance (contemporary,
paranormal and historical), and upmarket women’s fiction.
Specific likes include historical, multi-cultural,
paranormal, sci-fi/fantasy, gritty, thrilling and darker
contemporary novels, and middle grade with heart.
Jordy is on the look out for
Romance (contemporary, historical/Regency, and paranormal).
YA contemporary/historical or dystopian, sci-fi/fantasy with
romance elements. She's also open to
YA GLBT within those genres. She'd love to see unique,
well-developed plots featuring time travel, competitions, or
Suzie represents adult and
children's fiction. In adult, she's specifically looking
for romance (historical and paranormal), and fantasy
(urban fantasy, science fiction, steampunk, epic fantasy).
In Childrens' she loves YA (all subgenres) and is dying to
find great Middle Grade projects (especially something
akin to the recent movie SUPER 8).
Victoria is looking for literary
fiction, commercial fiction, pop-culture non-fiction, and
young adult. She is very interested in acquiring engaging
Literary fiction and mysteries / suspense, commercial
women's fiction (romantic suspense, sci-fi, fantasy), and
Young Adult (contemporary, sci-fi/fantasy, thriller and
Kerry is looking for Young Adult and
Middle-Grade fiction, both commercial and literary.
She tends to shy away from werewolves, zombies,
faeries, and the like, but she’ll read anything with a
fresh voice and compelling characters. She is
particularly keen on contemporary YA, quirky MG, books
with a strong cinematic element.
Katie specializes in fiction
and memoir, especially women’s fiction and
commercial-scale literary fiction, and realistic YA.
She is most interested in coming-of-age stories and
stories of unique relationships.
Elise is interested in serious
character-driven literary fiction, well-written
narrative nonfiction, and short story collections.
(Note: She is not interested in Fantasy,
young-adult/middle-grade, picture books, romance, and
sci-fi.) She aims to work with writers who have a
realistic sense of the market and their audience.
is interested in YA, MG (especially funny) , fiction and
nonfiction, book proposals, and picture books. She will
also coach writers wanting to self publish. She simply
loves a well-paced story that moves her between joy and
published one novel, The Footloose Killer, and edited
several others for publishing houses and private
clients. She also is a Script/Story consultant on an
independent film in Halifax, NS, Canada, and enjoys
working closely with writers to help them develop their
voice and craft.
When reading, Brittany loves to be introduced to
new and interesting people and places. She looks for
strong voice, good storytelling, and fascinating
relationships between characters—romantic or otherwise.
More than anything, she loves when a book surprises her.
There's just one more day
to get your applications in for Pitch Wars. Make
sure to check out this post here
to get all the details.
Today, I'm celebrating the official release of the charity anthology from Compass Press, WINTER WONDERS, the perfect book for cold evenings. My story, THE OPERA HOUSE, will be featured along with brilliant tales from some incredible authors.
All of the profits go directly to Literacy Inc,
an organization that teaches teens the importance of reading and offers
them a chance to win a free college education. Help others learn to
read by giving the perfect gift filled with winter themed stories from
all genres. Recommended for ages teen and up.
As a treat for release day, I'm offering this quick snippet of the opening from THE OPERA HOUSE and a chance to win an eBook copy for your eReader.
opera house stands empty. The patrons fled to the comfort of warm homes after
the final curtain. The winter eve chills the air, too cold for senseless
lingering and idle chatter. A hush settles over the road thick as a blanket. Not
a single creature stirs. I stare at the stone theater steps, reminiscing about
a long ago similar evening, but the wind howling down the vacant street beckons
me onward. I have a date to keep. If I hurry, I may see her again.