Author Interview & Book Giveaway: Bandits & The Pack by L.M. Preston

Welcome to Author L.M. Preston


LM. Preston loved to create poetry and short-stories as a young girl. She 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.



If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?
Water, my nook, my husband because he is great company.

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
Cereal, the really bad for you kind. Fruitloops and Pops.

Night owl, or early bird?
More like insomniac. I go to bed late around 12am and wake up early around 6am without an alarm clock.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
I can’t help putting a hidden message within the depths of a great story.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
I’m currently working on a paranormal series, while editing the sequels for my first two books, The Pack – Retribution and Explorer X-Beta to come out next year. Also, outlining the sequel to Bandits.

What inspired you to want to become a writer?
I’ve always written but took a hiatus from it when I started my engineering career. My husband challenged me to write a scifi book.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
When I was at the BEA conference and a blogger came up to me that read The Pack and told me she loved it, then gave me a big hug.

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Never give up, and when you feel like you want to, find a way to turn the NO’s into your own yes by networking with other writers who support you.

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
Hawaii, which is the place where Bandits was inspired.

When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?
I wanted to be a teacher and many other things. Truth is most of the things I wanted to be, I’ve done them at some time or another.

Can you see yourself in any of your characters?
There’s a bit of my younger self in all of my main characters. But my friends or people I knew inspired some of their qualities also.

What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?
Happiness is a choice so chose to be happy in spite of all that goes on around you.

What is your guilty pleasure?
Watching Chinese karate flicks.

What TV show/movie/book do you watch/read that you’d be embarrassed to admit?
Glee, Trueblood, Vampire Diaries and Teen Wolf

In your wildest dreams, which author would you love to co-author a book with?
James Patterson! I was so excited when I met him at BEA and he was very nice.


Daniel’s father has gotten himself killed and left another mess for Daniel to clean up. To save his world from destruction, he must fight off his father’s killers while discovering a way to save his world. Time is running out, and Daniel must choose to either walk in his father’s footsteps or to re-invent himself into the one to save his world.

The Pack:

Shamira is considered an outcast by most, but little do they know that Shamira is on a mission. Kids on Mars are disappearing, but Shamira decides to use the criminals most unlikely weapons against them, the very kids of which they have captured. In order to succeed, she is forced to trust another, something she is afraid to do. However, Valens her connection to the underworld of her enemy, proves to be a useful ally. Time is slipping, and so is her control on the power that resides within her. Yet, in order to save her brother’s life she is willing to risk it all.

Giveaway Details:
1 paperback of Bandits & 1 paperback of The Pack open to US only
2 Ebooks of Bandits open Internationally
Ends 10/18/11

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