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It’s Noshavember or NaNoWriMo month!

Sometimes it’s both, lol! I’m going to be short and sweet! I’m on my way to Omaha Nebraska and I’m leaving in the snow. Ugh. I hope that goes away, but I can’t guarantee it. Guess I’ll see! Google says it is an 8 hour drive. I figure 10 hour. If it is snowy, who knows! It may change my plans on when to leave to get home. We’ll see. I’ll be safe either way.

In the meantime, check out the two anthologies I’m in!

Destiny Whispers

A collection of short love stories to warm the heart. Compiled by four authors, all proceeds from the sale of this collection will be donated to a charity which supports homeless veterans.

Broken Prince Charming by Beverly Ovalle
I lost my way. Discharged, broken, I sought comfort from a bottle. A lot of bottles. I wore a mantle of guilt that I had survived, while most of my buddies died. My life spirals downward. Rock bottom is ugly. I realize I need help and reach out for it. Hidden among the homeless and despair is a bright light, with milk chocolate skin, bright blue eyes and a smile that cheers my soul.
Grace. She smiles and carriers a beacon of hope within her. Despite circumstances that would bring anyone else down, she forges her own path. A path different from her mother’s. Determined to support herself and leave the shelter behind, she has a plan. Nothing and no one will stop her.
She deserves a fresh start, and I’ll help her get it. Even if it means I’m left behind.

Finding a Memory by Mona Casey
When a young medium moves into a historical home with her husband, she meets the resident souls. Souls who lived during the turn of the century and found a sweet forbidden relationship. During their time on earth, it was unheard of for a single caucasian woman to live unsupervised with her African American butler and driver but that didn’t stop them. Their story is timeless and heartwarming with a tragedy tossed in.

On the Home Front by Tina Susedik
War is Over!
With a shout, radio host Erna Huber gave the battle cry that brought hope back to all the women waiting for news of their husbands, sons, and fathers. World War II was finally at an end, but what does that mean for all the women that kept America running while the men were away?
Ben Peters was one of those returning servicemen that was simply trying to find his place in the tumultuous social climate after returning from the Pacific, when one night during a chance meeting at the roller rink, he just so happened to bump into Erna. With her sharp wit, and bombshell appearance he was hooked from the get-go.
Can they successfully navigate the war between the sexes on the home front? Or will their relationship prove to be more than either one of them bargained for?
You know what they say, all’s fair in love and war.

The Oasis by Teresa Keefer
Ally had found her respite after the loss of her fiance in Afghanistan. Living with her grandfather in the Mojave desert and running his cafe and convenience store keeps her busy, even if it doesn’t keep her mind off the young man she lost. Her world is about to get mixed up when a wandering man shows up at their doorstep in the midst of a dust storm. His story is much like her own in that he also lost someone he loved in Afghanistan. Will his unwanted advice and kindness move Ally forward with her life after the devastating loss she had endured?

Available at Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07ZN8HD38/ and eRetailers https://books2read.com/u/49QR00

 

We know the TRUTH, Do you?

What’s in Area 51? Is the government hiding aliens? Elvis? Maybe the set of the Apollo moon landing? Do you know?
We do.
Join this multi-genre group as they explore the hidden recesses of Area 51 which up until now have only been whispered conspiracies. Don’t bother with the raid. Stay home, read these awesome stories and learn all you need to know.
The truth is just a page-flip away. (Heat level varies.)

* All proceeds will benefit US veterans.

The Road to Eden by Beverly Ovalle

The civilization of Jannat Adn was slowly dying. Unable to procreate they searched the galaxy looking for compatible civilizations. They find one. It’s Earth. Not only are earthlings compatible, but gene markers show a common ancestor.

Pavolok is amazed at how different life on Earth is. Tasked with safely bringing aboard colonists, the Storm Area 51 Raid is the perfect opportunity to round them up. When the US Military tests a weapon on their own citizens, he steps in to save them. What he doesn’t expect is his body’s reaction to one of the human women. Her purple hair and violet eyes draw him instantly to her.

Amy joined the raid for the heck of it, along with her siblings. Naruto running and clapping cheeks appeals to her sense of humor. It’s not that she believes in aliens, just why miss the chance if they really are there? Transported to a space ship that really doesn’t live up to her expectations, she can’t seem to keep her hands off Pavolok.

Amy hadn’t planned on having an alien in her life, but once she clapped him, she’s not willing to give him up.

By C.L. Roman

Thomas and Dana are planning their wedding when a mysterious package arrives from relatives Thomas thought long dead. To make matters stranger, the note attached hints that his loved ones are in danger. Arriving in Rachel, Nevada, the couple discovers that a missing magical artifact is the only thing that can save them, and it’s hidden in the archives of Area 51. Getting in will be a challenge. Getting out alive may be impossible.

By Jennifer Wedmore

What We Became- The Year is 2519. The integrated society of humans and aliens have been around for 500 years. This is the start of the story passed down through the ages of What We Have Become.

by Katey Tattrie

The Worst of the Worst – Trapped underground, one mile to Central Control, injured, and possibly meeting up with the United States’ deadliest serial killers escaped from their cells. “Freaking fantastic. Not exactly your typical day at Area 51. Nick was right. I should have stayed home.”

by Lori Joseph

Taking Initiative – Poor Hannah! Almost 30, alone in the world, and about to be evicted. But that all changes when she applies for a position with the US Government. Accepting a position with the GEDI proves to be the opportunity of a lifetime; a promise of a better future, friends, and the chance to earn some real money for the first time in her life.

The favorable circumstances Hannah has been handed comes with rules, unexpected processes, and a dominating authority figure. Will impulsive Hannah be able to comply and keep her lavish new life or will she be returned to her bleak existence?

by CM Peters

Cargo – After a deadly crash, one of the only remanining soldiers must protect their cargo at all costs. Could Area 51 be the right hiding place?

by Valerie Puri

Burner Phone – When Jimmy signs up for the Area 51 raid as a joke, he gets more than he bargains for.

As his pursuit for the truth intensifies about the secret base, he teams up with a like-minded individual. Together, they infiltrate Area 51. Jimmy not only finds himself in the middle of a UFO crash site, but a conspiracy that goes deeper than he ever imagined.

He is determined to expose the truth before it’s too late.

by Jennie L. Morris

Galaxy Genetics Inc. – Earth is a dead planet. Mankind colonized other planets and moons in the solar system. Galaxy Genetics Inc. sends out teams to collect rare DNA samples to use in their medical and bio-warfare research. Following an ancient rumor of a long dead species held at Area 51, Galaxy Genetics dispatches one of their top teams to investigate. The pair soon run into something intriguing and dangerous in the corroded science bunker beneath Area 51.

by Arthur M Doweyko

P’sall Senji – a story of first contact, wherein a nearly retired policeman must decide whether or not to kill the alien about to shake hands with the President.

by Chrys Fey

Detective Heavenborn – Who is Detective Heavenborn, and what’s inside the package she has to retrieve from Area 51?

by Sherry Rentschler

Mermurings – Word is there is a conspiracy of secrets surrounding Area 51. What if the secrets are the conspiracy because the government has nothing to hide? The secret to Area 51 is a belief in a lie.

But the truth is there’s magic at Area 51. And its dying.

And these are just some of the stories you will find!

Available exclusively on Amazon and in Kindle Unlimited!

From Me to You! I’m on the road again!

I won’t have sales posted on Sunday again. I’m travelling once more. I have to say, I’m enjoying this retirement bit, lol. This time we’re heading to see family in California. So, I’m working on a short story for an anthology that needs to be done by August and gah! I’m stuck! Doesn’t matter, I’ll work my way through it. I’m also planning on having China Fleet Club finished by October. So, while I’m writing and hunting for a cover, here’s an unedited sneak peek.

CHINA FLEET CLUB

I sat at my desk fielding calls from departments insisting their problem be corrected first. Luckily when I took over as chief, I instituted a first come, first serve system. The boilers were our first concern. They helped run the whole ship, regardless of what anyone else thought. The galley was next. With a crew of over eight hundred souls, no one did well on an empty stomach.

Pulling into Hawaii with no major systems down was a stroke of luck. The old girl we rode was a destroyer tender, built in 1938. She was an aging beauty. The boatswain’s keeping her in fine form. The teak decks gleamed. There was always someone hanging by ropes over the side to paint her in every port we hit.

I’d been on other ships. I chuckled. A mandatory having crawled my way from Seaman Recruit to Senior Chief Petty Officer. Now, I commanded the Machine Shop and a couple of others in Repair. It was satisfying. I seemed to have hit the sweet spot for advancements. I’d hit Senior Chief in minimum time. I’ve been in for 12 years and was well on my way to Master Chief.

But no other ship was the USS Prairie. She crawled under your skin. The history of life and death wafted from her bulkheads. No nonskid steel under your feet when the wind whipped through my hair, teasing my cover from my head when I stared out to sea. The old girl showed her years but she carried it well. Teak was standard when she was built, but the skill of keeping it gleaming lost except for the few ships that carried it.

Here, the boatswains knew.

Even in the bowels of the ship, care was taken. Brass gleamed, even hidden in the corners. We took pride in our work and it showed. No one wanted to disappoint our hostess, the old lady. Our old lady. If you didn’t know her age, it didn’t show. We made sure to keep her humming in satisfaction.

Every lady wants to look her best at all times. Every crew member made sure she did.

“Chief, the air is down in the torpedo shop again.”

I sighed. Time to get back to work.

“Where are they on the list?”

“Which time?” Evans, Petty Officer 3rd class had an attitude.

“First call, Evans.” He’d learn.

“Yesterday. Soon as we pulled out of port. Since they’re calling again, shouldn’t we put them on now and erase the first call? Teach them to keep bothering us.”

“Show me the log.” The torpedo shop was getting done now. One way to teach the arrogant ass in front of me to follow my rules.

Evans rolled his eyes and handed me his log.

I cross referenced it against mine, frowning. “Why was this call not logged on the master log?”

The ass just shrugged.

“Well?”

“I didn’t have time.”

“Not good enough.” I checked his log against mine. “None of your calls are logged.” I stood up. “So, until this are done, expect to be working on them. All of your calls should have been done.”

“What? You can’t…” Evans trailed off looking at me.

“Oh, I can. Let’s head to the torpedo shop. Looks like they are the first ones on your list.”

He turned, expression furious. Luckily, he kept his mouth shut.

“Don’t forget your tool box. You can’t fix anything without it.”

He pivoted, heading to the cabinet the boxes were in. Grabbing a tool box that looked pristine, he swung it out, heading stiffly to the ladder. Ascending them, I followed. Not close enough to get “accidently” hit by the heavy tool box, but close enough he knew I was following.

Sniggers followed. I glanced around. “Better make sure your calls are all on the master log or we’re all going to be working around the night.” The guys still lounging around sprung up, checking their logs. The master list would be done by the time I returned. I smirked, hearing the scrambling. Keeping them on their toes was my job. I intended to keep doing it.

My crew were hard working, but it didn’t do them any good to let them get complacent. I could guarantee we’d be on top of the repair list before we hit Japan. If the jobs were well in hand, I’d do a five-day schedule. We’d be able to stay on top of maintenance of the basic equipment and emergencies that popped up. That would ensure there was no complaining someone didn’t serve duty. Each of my Machinist Mates would have a day served and get four days in town.

Evans might be a problem. He came on board just before we left on Westpac. I’d noticed he liked to delegate. Not a problem in my book, but he didn’t appear to be doing any work. That would change now.

The torpedo shop was below the mess hall’s galley. The armory was at the edge of the mess hall across from the torpedo shop. The smells must drive them crazy. It was no wonder there always seemed to be someone from Weapons up sneaking a snack. It was a wonder they weren’t the most rotund of crew members on board.

Evans disappeared down the ladder into the torpedo shop. I followed leisurely, snagging a cookie from one of the mess cooks. The chocolate chip melted in my mouth. I groaned my appreciation. They always seemed to have a cookie or brownie handy to appease my sweet tooth.

Licking my fingers, I wasn’t watching my footing. Stepping down to the first step of the ladder, a red-haired whirlwind smacked into me. Bouncing down the ladder, but hands grabbed the railing, and a slim young seaman pulled herself up and slid past me, her body soft and supple against mine. I stiffened, instantly aroused.

“Sorry Chief!”

The whirlwind blew past me, the near disaster not bothering her at all and I watched her jump down the armory ladder and banging on the hatch began shortly.

“Turner let me in.” More knocking ensued.

The clang of the armory lock opening reached my ears.

“Jeez, Trace, what took you so long? Master Chief is pissed at me again.”

“I was spanking my monkey. Want me to come to the hatch hanging out? Or did you want to help?”

“Eww, you’re gross.” The rest of the conversation became muffled, the lock ringing loud and clear across the mess hall.

Snorting and shaking my head, I checked my path this time, descending into the torpedo shop. Coming to the bottom, I grinned to see Master Chief Malek glaring at the ladder.

From Me to You ~ Are you in Milwaukee?

If you’re hanging in Milwaukee stop by the Hyatt on Killborn and grab some books! There is a book signing going on at 4:30 pm in the Atrium. Not sure how big it will be, but it has been fun so far!

I have only 3 books with me (multiple copies, though!)

 

Hope to see you there! I’ve got to run and head to more classes! Have a wonderful Saturday.

Beverly Ovalle ~ Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop March 15-28

Enjoy the hop! Every Blog Stop has a giveaway! Check out what everyone is offering!

As for me? I’m offering a signed book (US) or ebook (INT) of Willow’s Cry. Read below to see how to enter!

Alex is just a regular guy… who can hear the wind speak and the earth talk, not a bad thing for a Park Ranger if a bit unusual. His life is everything he desires. Until Mother Nature expresses her displeasure at his family’s threat to sell the land they had been charged to protect. Alex is left to try to stop the sale, finding a damsel in distress along the way who wraps herself around his heart.

Happy living in her tree, observing the world without joining in, Willow has yearned for Alex for years. Too shy to emerge, the little nymph is suddenly catapulted into Alex’s arms, her tree destroyed during a massive storm.

Mother Nature has a plan and she’ll do everything she can to force Alex’s family to continue their roles as guardians, even if it means sacrificing one she protects.

Available exclusively on Amazon and in Kindle Unlimited 

 

Obviously I like to write. But I’m a crafter too! Some of my hobbies are making Stained Glass, Sewing, Jewelry Making, plus I make most of my own SWAG. Bookmarks (the fancy ones, not the paper ones) are a fun project. I’m working on making necklaces for my next signing that have my book covers on them.

This month began with me becoming a full time writer! A dream come true. Why? I retired from my current career after 31 years. Just in case I don’t instantly hit the NYT list, I have my retirement to feed me and pay my bills, lol. Definitely a necessity!

 

So, what are your hobbies are where are you from? Enter a comment below to be entered to win! By the way, I’m in Wisconsin.

(I tried two different giveaway links but none of them seem to be working for me! So just leave a comment)

 

I’d also be happy if you followed me! Not a requirement, but it would be awesome!

Here are my stalker links:

Amazon Author Page

Facebook Author Page

Twitter

Website

Instagram

Blog – You’re here! You might as well sign up to follow me!

I’m on Snapchat too, but my only friends are my daughter and one of her friends. They felt sorry for me. My snaps are random and I don’t believe I use it properly, lol. But if you don’t mind a bit of randomness, you can follow me there too! But I don’t know how to tell you how to find me! I’m either under my name or ovalleba.

 

Follow the other blogs for their giveaways! They are all linked below:

~BookHounds (INT)

~BookHounds YA (INT)

~Stuck In Books (US)

~:Storey Book Reviews

~Jean Book Nerd

~All the Ups and Downs (INT)

~Savings in Seconds (US) ~

~Author ML Hamilton

~Reading Reality (INT)

~Lili Lost in a Book (INT)

~Jemima Pett, Author (INT)

~Beverly Ovalle ~ Smile Somebody Loves You

~ Craves the Angst Book Blog (US)

~ Literary Rambles (INT)

~ Kristi’s Book Nook

~ StackingMyBookShelves! (INT)

~ Angel’s Guilty Pleasures (INT)

~ icefairy’s Treasure Chest (INTL)

~ Win Book Money (US)

~ Celebrate Woman Today (US)

~ Every Free Chance Books – US/INT

~ Michelle @ Book Briefs (Open INT)

~ Says Me Says Mom (US)

~ Mocha Girls Read (INT)

~ Heidi Reads. . . (US)

~ I’m Into Books (US)

~ Books & Life (US)

~ Author of Sweet Romance & Mystery (US)

~ Book Dust Magic (INT

 

 

From Me to You

Another snowy Saturday here in Wisconsin! My second day after retiring. I’m going to try to accomplish one thing everyday that needs doing. Yesterday was cleaning the toilet and sink in the upstairs bathroom. LOL. So you can see that my goals aren’t lofty. Just necessary. Today, I’m babysitting but I’m going to work in the bathroom again. Cleaning up the stuff that has accumulated in there for years. I’m determined to de-hoard my house! Well, it may not be that bad, but it’s bad enough!

My daughter is in Madison taking the test for her LPN license! I’m praying she passes. I’m sure she will. She’s studied hard to pass everything. Next year she’ll be doing the same to get her RN. I’m so proud of my little girl.

This isn’t just a random picture of one of my books. The cover is actually my daughter almost four years ago. Just before she had my granddaughter.

A Sailor’s Delight

 

Lee Santiago went from one mistake to the next. When a friend dies, exposing his mortality all too well Lee’s family steps in to force him to make something of himself. He can’t be a party boy all his life and if he wants to sign his life away, it will be on the dotted line. He doesn’t even have time to say goodbye. Anyway it was only a drunken one night stand.

Isabelle was always the good girl. Until that night. When the man she’d always worshiped finally noticed her. She couldn’t say no. She’s heartsick to find out he doesn’t remember it. Isabelle’s life crashes around her when the results are in. The truth comes out and she has nowhere to turn. She looks for Lee, but he’s gone.

Will he be man enough to step up and face the consequences when he learns the truth?

 

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Sailors-Delight-Santiagos-Book-ebook/dp/B01I6CJAK4/

Amazon Universal: http://mybook.to/ASailorsDelight

Ebook Universal: https://www.books2read.com/u/mvYYLl

 

Well now that I’ve done my little plug, lol, I’ll continue. Right now our life revolves around our girls. The D and GD if I start abbreviating. It’s not that we ignore our son. Not even. But, he lives in South Carolina. He recently was stationed there. We’re proud of our Marine, too!

Besides babysitting, I’ll be writing. Once the D is home, I’ll start back up on Finding Faith. I’m getting closer to the end. Then, I’ll go over the beta read my buddy Tamara Hoffa did for me before she passed. Then it’ll be heading off to my editor, Molly S Daniels. The cover will be worked on within the next few days. The artist JM Walker is unavailable for the next few days.

Then, the dreaded blurb! Though, I’ve been thinking about it. I actually have been reading a book about how to make your blurb. It really seems to help. I’ve been doing the exercises in the book and it is taking shape! So I have to read a book to finish my book lol.

I’m really trying to get at least three books done by May. If I have one done, I’ll be satisfied, but not exactly happy. One of them will be more of a novella. I’ve been almost done with it for years but had it just sitting there. Mind you, it still needs editing and a cover. But, I’ll finish one book at a time! The other is a children’s book. I’m still trying to find an appropriate title. Not to mention, I need to get an art program (I’ve been searching for the right one) to do the illustrations. I’ll be publishing my children’s books under a pen name to keep the kiddies from seeing my steamy side! They grow up too fast as it is.

Have a good weekend, and don’t forget to check for Sunday Sales tomorrow!

 

From Me to You on Today, my retirement day!

I can’t believe it’s finally here! I’m so excited! I have worked for the Government in different capacities since 1982. Yup, 1982. Today, 37 years later, I’m retiring. I spent 5 years in the Navy, almost 1 year working for the Navy as a Base Police Officer and 31 years in working for the United States Postal Service. Starting as a letter carrier and progressing to Postmaster for the final 16 years of my service.

I’ve enjoyed every one of the jobs I have done in the past 37 years. Some have been more interesting than others.

But today, today it is time to lay down my hat and say goodbye.

I’m hoping from here on out, my only job will be writer! And blogger! And Grandma!

So, short and sweet, I’m going to enjoy today, say goodbye and relax!

Today is my Birthday! I’m doing a Giveaway!

So, since it is, I’ve decided to do a giveaway! 2 ebooks! (If you’re going to be at one of my book signings, I’ll make it signed copies!) Otherwise, 2 ebooks for the winner!

Here is where I’ll be in 2019:

Authors Invade the Beach in Myrtle Beach SC on May 4th

Wild Deadwood in Deadwood SD on June 6-8

Writers on the River in Peoria IL on July 20th

Royal Readers at Mall of America in Bloomington MN on Aug 17

Romance Rendezvous Book Bash in Cedar Falls IA on Aug 24

Imaginarium Convention in Louisville KY on Oct 11-13

Ready to Read Romance 3 in Omaha NB on Nov 2

The links will take you to the attendee’s pages where you can find links to get tickets. Hope to see you around somewhere! I’m sure I’ll have a couple more coming up in my home state of Wisconsin, but those aren’t planned out as far in advance as the big ones above.

ANYHOW…

You let me know which two you prefer! Here are all of the books I currently have out. Let me know in comments your choice. I’ll have Mr. Random pick and announce the winners on here on Saturday February 16!

These are the ones available at my signings:

The following books are only in ebook format!

 

Clicking on each of the covers will take you to Amazon to check them out. So, make your choices and leave a comment!