I love writing, it’s like my daily mental vacation and I enjoy my day gig as an Engineering Manager. As a mom of four kids I’m super busy, but I believe I’m one of those people that enjoy it and am a bit hyper. I grew up in the city of Washington DC but have an obsession for traveling to beaches.
Tamara: What do you HAVE to have when you are writing?
Coffee, music, noise.
Beverly: When did you start to write?
Early in the morning and just before I go to bed at night. It’s a great release for me after running around all day.
Tamara: What do you think are the qualities that make up a “hero”?
Someone who is flawed, but willing to try, caring, and put others before themselves.
Beverly: Can you describe your favorite character? And which of your books is he/she in? How do you come up with your characters?
My favorite is probably Colin from Thundering Luv, mainly because I fall in love with all my new characters and he is the kind of boyfriend I would’ve wanted when I grew up.
Tamara: What are the hardest scenes for you to write? Suspense? Sex? Dialogue? And why?
Suspense is really difficult for me. I write like I think – fast. Suspense requires build up and I usually find that I have to add that portion to a manuscript after I’ve completed the first draft.
Beverly: What writer, if any, influenced how you write?
Jack Campbell or aka Jim Hemry, Author of Dauntless, my husband and I would read his books in the car. A friend of mine introduced him to me and he gave me some great encouraging words.
Tamara: Who would you choose as your “book boyfriend/girlfriend”? From what book? Author?
I’d have to say I totally would’ve picked Jacob from Twilight.
Beverly: *fist pump* Team Jacob! Yeah! What is the kinkiest thing you’ve ever done? Or would like to? What? We are all about the love!
Make out on the beach before dawn.
Tamara: What are your favorite types of heroines? Do you like the damsel in distress who needs saving or the kick-ass variety? Why?
The kind that demands attention but doesn’t realize it. Who gives her guy a good run for his money without being brash.
Beverly: What was your worst date ever?
A blind date where my friend set me up with a human octopus that had seriously bad acne.
Tamara: If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you want to have with you? (you have food, water, shelter, all the necessities, so nothing mundane)
Chocolate, The Rock Dwayne Johnson, and a really good book.
Beverly: What is your “guilty pleasure”?
Writing travel trip reports and sharing them with friends on how to travel with four kids on a shoestring budget.
Tamara: What dream or goals have you yet to realize?
I’m still waiting to ride on a hot air balloon.
Beverly: What was your most embarrassing moment? It can’t be worse than mine….
Coming out the bathroom with toilet paper in the back of my pants on my first date with a hot guy.
Tamara: LOL! Yup, that would do it! If you were a color what would you be and why?
Green. I’d have vibrance but still be mellow.
Beverly: Who has influenced how you perceive love? Why?
Every romance book I’ve read. Before then, I really didn’t understand the love in relationships since my parents were never married. Then I met my husband and he taught me to really enjoy loving and being loved.
Tamara and Beverly: Okay. We are SSLY so we have to ask. Who loves you?
My guy, Shawn, who I met when I was 15yrs old, then dumped a few months later only to see again in my early twenties and to date for a total of four months before marrying. We’ve been married now for twenty years. He’s totally hot!
Now for some quick fun questions:
Boxers or briefs? Boxers
Coffee or Tea? Coffee
Tall, dark and handsome or Blond and buff? Both! I’m greedy.
Hairy chest or smooth? Both!
Chocolate or Vanilla? Both!
Kinky or Sweet? Kinky (but don’t let that get out)
Fast or slow? Slow
Public or private? Both!
Top or bottom? Both!
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.
“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.
Excerpt (2): Jewel
Jewel sighed watching her phone ring for the tenth time in the last hour. She kicked the cell phone off her beach chair and bit her nail. The sea. The beautiful sea in front of her couldn’t evoke any depth within her heart. Maybe what they called her at school was true. Maybe she was made of ice. Couldn’t feel, couldn’t love, was only a pretty face with nothing in between. The large beach home which shared a wraparound deck, and a middle wall with a neighbor had seen better days. It was perfect, a temporary escape from all the drama at home.
“You should just answer the thing. Stop stringing him along,” her cousin Megs teased, and tapped Jewel’s dark tan leg with her pale foot.
“Easy for you to say, you don’t have a boyfriend who’s scrumptious, head of the football team, everything a girl should want. But he doesn’t ‘do’ it for you.” Jewel rolled her eyes and huffed, plopping back in her beach chair. She tied her dirty blond hair in a knot, a clash to her darker hued skin tone which made most people wonder if she’d dyed her hair.
“Nobody ever does it for you,” Megs busted out laughing, “What is he, like boyfriend number five this year? And girl, you’ve been known to make the big guys cry. What do you do with them?” her platinum blond hair appearing to glow in the sun.
Excerpt (3): Jewel
Jewel pictured Matt, muscular frame, thick shoulders, all the makings of a star quarterback, topped with curly red hair. Crap, he was gorgeous. What was she thinking, maybe she shouldn’t end it? “Uh…,”
“You’re scaring me. Talk to me, you know I love you like crazy. When you don’t answer my calls I’m thinking you don’t love me anymore,” Matt sounded almost whiny and she hated when they did that. Whined, cried, and made her feel like a she-witch.
“Well I’ve been busy. You know with the girls and we got here today. And since you … know I’ll be gone all summer maybe we should um take a break?” Jewel cleared her throat, feeling like scum. She should really be a pro at this, but she hated it, especially doing it where she had to hear or see her next victim. And she didn’t want to hurt them, she knew they’d be better off with someone who could really fall in love with them. Not someone like her, someone broken. Some of the guys she’d broken up with would cry, other’s had tried to physically hurt her. She’d learned her lesson and tried to break up in as distant a way as possible. But ending this with Matt now on the phone couldn’t be helped.
“No. I don’t want a vacation from you. I love you. I was thinking about driving up there today. Me and the guys could rent a place nearby. My dad said he’d foot the bill, and since him and my mother split he’ll do anything for me. He even brought me a new convertible, your sexy gold hair would feel good slapping against my face while I drive.” He cleared his throat, “And you’ll be able to ditch your cousin and stay with me – alone.”
Jewel slapped her forehead. Why couldn’t Matt take a hint. “But I, no I don’t think that’s a good idea. My mom barely let me come with Megs and Amy, because she’s so protective and if she knew I was meeting my boyfriend here she’d think you…and I were you know…,” she cleared her throat. Not only that, but being alone with Matt made her feel extremely uncomfortable. The last time they were alone at her house when he popped over unannounced, he’d almost ripped off her shirt fighting her while they kissed in her living room. He’d tried to force her blouse up, and she fighting him to put it down. If Megs hadn’t come over earlier than planned, Jewel didn’t know what would’ve happened. It was then Jewel decided to break it off with Matt.
“Say it? C’mon tell me you love me back and I’ll wait to come up. I kinda feel like, Jewel, I really miss you. And you never tell me you love me back. Yeah, you kiss me, tell me how great a person I am, and things other people don’t even notice about me, but you never seem to … give me part of yourself.” Matt cleared his voice, like he was about to continue.
“It’s because…well, I don’t … I’m not in love with you the way you want me to be. And I’m sorry Matt, I really am, but we need to break up. I can’t do this to you anymore,” Jewel felt like a lowlife. Again and again, she couldn’t give up hope that she’d find someone, somebody out there that her heart connected too. She’d thought it was Matt, felt a little flutter in her tummy when they’d first met, but it died the next day, and by then he’d pressured her to be his girlfriend. And after that, he like all her other ex-boyfriends started to turn scary.
L.M. 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.
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