Cheers for the cover, and cheers for all the Heroine’s quirkiness.
The Diary of a Late Bloomer (A quirky coming of age novel) by L.M.L Gil released Monday in the Coming of Age, New Adult, Romance, Sports genre.
Every wallflower blooms at their own perfect time, but some like quirky Lo, take longer than others.
Lo is a sheltered 20-year-old who loves baking, manga/anime, and octopi. When she spots her college swim team’s tryout flyer sporting her favorite sea creature, an octopus she knows it’s a sign that she must join the Flying Octopi. The only things standing her way are her social awkward nature and the fact that she just learned to swim.
Will Lo find her place to shine or will her social anxiety DQ her dreams?
Late Bloomer is a new adult novel that is a cross between Bridget Jones’s Diary, Baywatch and Kuragehime.
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AUTHOR BIO: L.M.L. Gil is a writer, a reader, and a dreamer.
When she is not writing, editing, or thinking about her next story, she is either in the kitchen testing out a new recipe or snuggling with her fur munchkins reading.
As a glutton, she equates a good novel to a scrumptious dessert, which leaves your heart a little lighter and a smile on your face.
She hopes her novels provide a sweet treat without the calories.
Here’s what I asked to L.M.L.
Lo is clearly a likable, easy to sympathize with person. What are the 10 things you dislike about her, and why?
1. Lo’s low self-confidence.
It is frustrating to see Lo second guessing herself. She is very capable, as she proves during the Halloween Extravaganza, but she doesn’t see it. I do love how all her friends help her discover her worth.
2. Lo tends to work against herself.
The cliché “you are your own worst enemy” is very fitting not only for Lo, but for almost everyone. I think it stems from fear of change. Even good change can be scary so we often self-sabotage.
3. Lo’s habit of apologizing even when she didn’t do anything wrong.
I have known many people who have this problem, myself included. “I’m sorry” becomes a default expression even when there is nothing to apologize for. I love that Nick helps Lo see that always apologizing is not good.
4. Lo puts other people’s needs over her own even if it means she will be unhappy.
Lo wants everyone to be happy, but she forgets that she should be happy too.
5. Lo’s fear of standing out.
Lo has many amazing ideas but because she is shy, she doesn’t share them. It takes extreme circumstances or a curmudgeon like Nick for Lo to share her thoughts.
6. Lo’s not standing up for herself.
Lo is good natured to a fault. She doesn’t stand up for herself, but I do appreciate that she stands up for those she cares about, like when her brother gets bullied at afterschool.
7. Her need to conform to other people’s standards.
Lo spends a lot of time trying to be change so that Martin will notice her. She also keeps secrets from her mom because she is afraid to upset her. But as Lo learns more about herself she starts to set her own standards.
8. Lo’s tendency to be late.
I used to be late often, but I realized that it is being inconsiderate to the person waiting for you. Now I’m early when meeting others.
9. Lo’s way of avoiding the truth.
When it comes to Martin Lo always turns a blind eye, partly because she believes in the best in people but also because she is afraid of losing him.
10. Lo always sees the best in others but never acknowledges her own strengths.
We are often envious of others because we fail to see what is good about ourselves. I hope that my readers are inspired by Lo’s journey of self-acceptance in The Diary of a Late Bloomer.
Author links: https://www.lmlgilauthor.com/
This post is part of a Tour. You can find the schedule here (http://xpressobooktours.com/2020/04/14/tour-sign-up-the-diary-of-a-late-bloomer-by-l-m-l-gil/).
Giveaway: Tour-wide giveaway (INT)
- $40 Amazon gift card + ebook copy of The Diary of a Late Bloomer