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Monday, April 4, 2011

L.M. Preston's Guest Blog & Giveaway (Now Closed)

Hi guys (do you see that I’m waving.) Today I have a guest blogger, L.M. Preston. She's the author of the amazing YA Sci-Fi novel "Bandits," soon to be re-released by Phenomenal One Press.  Now that the introductions are out of the way I will now turn the time over to L.M. 




A FROG CAN TURN PRINCE

True story by YA author, LM Preston, (And please check out her blog)

Most authors pull their romances they use in their books from personal experience, and in my case it's no different. I'd like to share my muse for creating teen romances that turn into a true fairytale. What can I say, I was a romance lover since I saw my first Disney Princess movie.

THE SET UP

My best friend in High School lived in another town. She was pretty, perky, and best of all knew a lot of boys. One of her favorite things to do was to match make. Unfortunately for me, I was a glutton for punishment and went on 3 disaster dates due to her practicing being the new matchmaker.com.

She called and was like, "I've got the perfect one for you. I really do. I know what you like now. Took some practice, but trust me. I got this."

I generally told her off for her last 3 mishaps. The pock faced kid that picked his nose. The octopus that couldn't keep his hands to himself and the 'no show' that called to tell me that his girlfriend found out about me - Say what?!

But this one, she promised was perfect.

Well this time, I took it slow. I talked to the guy for about 2 months before I met him. Now we were supposed to mail each other pictures, but it never happened. Then eventually, we both decided to be surprised since we figured the major issues were cleared up. Like telling and confirming the basics of what we looked like. I didn’t count on tidbits from my match-maker friend. I asked him for references! Yep, I spoke to his buddies, and family members (like younger siblings who were too young to be jaded.)

THE MEETING

Well, at the time I lived in the city. He lived in the suburbs in a nice neighborhood. But what I liked about him was he had street smarts from growing up in Grand Rapids / and Saginaw, MI. Even so, he was very intelligent and could speak ‘street’ and suburb like me. See, even though I lived in the city, I went to Catholic School where ‘proper’ English was only allowed. If you slipped into slang – you got slapped, literally!

So, he caught the Metro train, then the bus to my neighborhood. I took my ‘aunt’ along, who was more like a cousin. We were both the same age and she had explicate directions to scope out the bus and to take my ditch him with our made up excuse if the 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!

THE UGLY TRUTH

Well, truth was, he was not cut out for long distance romance. I found out through a reliable source (his best friend who was ‘crushing on me’) that he was running around with another girl – heck a few other girls. So I confronted him and he fessed up the truth. Gotta say I was impressed with his honesty - as blunt as it was. However, he did warn me by saying, "Do you really want to know? Cause I'm not gonna lie." Now what person in their right mind will say, "Oh lie to me..." So I told him I could respect a dude that spoke the truth, but a liar, I'd never respect - so spill it. All he simply said was, "Yes, I've been seeing other people. You live too far away." And of course, I dumped him.

THE FAIRY Tale ENDING

We decided to remain friends. And after 8 years of true friendship, we dated for about 3 months and have been married for 18 years. So I lucked out and married my frog – who turned prince – after having 8 years to grow up.




I want to thank Ms. Preston for sharing her story with us. But don’t worry guys the fun isn’t over yet Ms. Preston is giving away a copy of new book “Bandits” and trust me you’ll love it. And no worries this contest is international. You can check out my review here
         Okay now on to the contest rules because every contest needs rules, oh no don’t make that face it’s really simple. All you have to do is become a follower of this blog and fill out the form. Click here for enter. 
              The contest will run from today through Friday. Winner will be chosen by Random.org and will be contacted on Saturday by email. The winner will have 48 hours to get back to me or a new winner will be chosen. 
     With that being said, I want to wish everyone good luck. 

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