Peter Saint’s life stinks. But things are about to get much worst. 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 blood. Peter carries within him the one gift or curse that could unlock a secret to destroy the human race. On the run with Angel, a scruffy kid, Peter starts to unravel the mystery. It’s the one treasure the heavens sought to hide from the world. Unfortunately, when Peter finds the answer that he hopes will save the girl he loves, he opens the door to a great evil that happens to be salivating to meet him.
“I can’t help the dead.” Pastor Finn 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.
Pastor Finn’s hand burst forward and grabbed Peter’s shirt at his shoulder. Tightening his fist, he dragged Peter around the side of the building and through the door to the basement. Peter struggled in vain as Pastor Finn’s firm grip didn’t relent, but tugged Peter through the basement past several tall stacks of boxes.
“You have to get out of here. Leave before they find out you are still alive,” Pastor Finn demanded.
Peter shook his head in disbelief of the man’s off-beat ranting. “Who? Who would care if I am dead or alive? I don’t have a family, remember? They died, they all died! Why the hell I didn’t die with them I’ll never know.” He hit downward, breaking Pastor Finn’s hold on him. “Seems to me all I’m good for is causing death.”
Dark blue eyes assessed him, and then Pastor Finn twisted to rummage through a box in front of him. “Your mother saved you. We’d been in contact with your father and knew we had to get you to safety. It was better they thought you were dead. Easier to hide you that way.”
“What are you talking about?” Peter frowned. His hand started to itch and burn even hotter than before. “Ugh! God, this hurts.”
Pastor Finn stopped his rummaging through the box and turned around handing Peter a bag. “What hurts? You got hurt?”
Peter lifted his hand and Pastor Finn held it. “This is it. The sign. It is time.”
Confused, Peter’s eyebrow lifted. “What time? Tell me what is going on? What is it?”
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 with 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.
Get to know LM:
1. Hi LM Preston Would you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m silly, quirky and love to play with my kids. But I’m all business when it comes to things I’ve set my mind on.
2. Do you have anything you would like to say to your readers?
Yeah, my character’s have issues, and if you to have them, you have to remember that you own your feelings, your destiny, your dreams, and you can do anything. Even when people, circumstances are built up around you that say you can’t. How do I know that’s true, well because I have overcome many obstacles and no one, nothing, can take away my smile and the strength I’ve gained through the school of hard knocks. So I hope you enjoy my characters, because each one of them hold a strength I found in each and every young person I’ve known.
3. Can you tell us a little bit about your book Purgatory Reign?
Purgatory Reign is an action packed, paranormal, romance with a splash of adventure, that takes the reader through several cities, into secret hidden sanctuaries while on the run with Peter Saints, our seventeen year old hero and his friends.
4. Which came first for you, the characters or the plot?
The characters always come first for me. I build their profiles, find pictures of people that look like them, and then their story hits me. I build the outline for the book only after I’ve build the character profiles.
5. Can we expect more novels from you in 2012?
Wastelands is my current work in progress, I worked on it for nanowrimo and am in the editing stages. It’s the second book in the Bandits series and should be coming out Fall, 2013. Also, I’m finishing up edits on Thundering Luv, book 2 in my Summer Love series that will be coming out in July, 2013.
6. Your life is a romantic comedy; what humors but very embarrassing thing happens on your first date/when you meet the love of your life?
I took my ‘aunt’ along to meet my now husband at the bus stop. My friend had set us up on a blind date. My aunt and I were both the same age and she had explicate directions to scope out the bus and decide if we should ditch him if guy was a dud.
Now, the moment of truth – I laid eyes on him and was like, “WOWSA!” I literally had to gulp my heart back in my chest.
He looked at me and smiled (I believe he was thinking the same thing – but I was wrong.)
I stood there and grinned like a fool, then tripped forward as my cousin elbowed me. Oh…forgot she was still there. I whispered to her, “Beat it!” and she promptly left.
Then I looked back at him and he was frowning…yep, frowning. The first thing he said to me was, “Ummm, you don’t look like what I thought. Are you sure you’re 15? I mean…you are really small. How tall are you?”
Okay, yeah, I’m only about 5ft to his 6ft 2inches, but I was funsized!
7. What is your favorite part of writing?
The escape of becoming another person, being in another place, and believing that I can control the outcome, but most writers know that the characters seem to control the story.
8. When do you prefer to read?
I read mostly at night before I go to bed, or in the car while my husband is driving.
9. Ebook or hardcover/paperback? Well, if you would’ve asked me this question about five years ago I would be paperback all the way. But now, I have way more ebooks than I do paperback and I’ve read mostly all of them that are on my ereader or cellphone.
10. Favorite color? Green, and believe it or not, that’s been my favorite color for as long as I can remember.
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