L.M. Smith is both an avid reader and writer. Her favorite authors include Kim Harrison and Richard Adams. She began writing stories and poetry as a child and has always been fascinated by mythology and the paranormal.
A self-proclaimed 'desert rat', she lives near Las Vegas, Nevada with the love of her life, their three dogs, and two cats. She is proud to be an alumna of the University of Phoenix and enjoys horseback riding, kayaking, and taking long walks with Vladimir: her Doberman Pinscher.
While working on her next upcoming publication, her guilty pleasures include salt-and-pepper flavored sunflower seeds and cold, home-brewed coffee with Italian Sweet Cream ... though never at the same time because that would be yucky.
This member has not published any books.
All the Lovely Creatures
on Oct. 11, 2012
I couldn't wait to get my hands on this anthology and it did not disappoint. The creatures theme is beautifully crafted by each author and each story offers something unique, not only to the collection itself, but to paranormal and supernatural literature as a whole. Almost every being featured in this collection is one I've never read about in any other fictional work before, the suspense is thrilling and the love scenes in some of the stories are steamy and creative. I can't wait to discover other works from these contributors and highly recommend this collection to anyone looking for something new, unique, and exciting. This is like a buffet of yummy literary goodness!
Midnight Hunter Book One in the Midnight Hunter Trilogy
on Nov. 24, 2012
A Lovely Blend of Tradition and Innovation - 4.2/5 stars
Plot: 4/5 stars
I loved the set-up for this story and, despite thinking I had the ending all figured out from the beginning, was happy to devour every word. As it turned out, I didn't have the ending figured out at all but, for the first time, that was because I was expecting a bigger plot twist than what I received which is why I am giving this part of the review 4 stars rather than 5. It was a great story - but it didn't particularly surprise me.
Characters: 4/5 stars
Your main character is a seemingly pretty but otherwise plain-Jane who will inevitably become the super hero of the series. Her best friend is a quirky, spunky, off beat girl with crazy spiky hair. Her leading man is insanely delicious, broody, and - at times - dramatic. Yes, Twilight fans, if it sounds familiar to you I do understand. HOWEVER, the characters were well-written, believable, likeable, and extremely entertaining!
Writing: 5/5 stars
In the beginning the impression that I got was that the writing was unpolished but, as I read, I realized that this author just has an exceptionally unique style and the more I read the more it worked for me. It's not conventional, but it's extremely effective! Her tone and pacing makes the funny quirks in her characters even funnier and quirkier and by the end of the book it was like crack. I laughed, literally, out-loud so many times while reading this book!
Formatting/Editing: 5/5 stars
Either the self-proclaimed typo-nanny was too engrossed in the story to notice or there wasn't a single, solitary typo in this entire book. HOLY CRAP! That's so rare and Awesome!!!
Originality: 3/5 stars
So the centuries old male vampire that can read thoughts and drives a Ferrari is madly and eternally in love with the innocent and blissfully ignorant human girl who drives an old red vehicle. BUT WAIT A MINUTE!! Once you can get past the Twilightian similarities, and you should, you get to enjoy the unique elements of the book that blend a refreshing concoction of traditional vampire lore (like turning to dust from sunlight, for example) with unique and fun concepts like magical stakes, a complete lack of even basic culinary common-sense (HILARIOUS), and the idea that MOST vampires are generally good and it is the minority that goes insane and becomes blood sucking monsters. Love it!