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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!

From Me to You

Ahhh! Another lazy Saturday despite the banging in the dining room. I’m babysitting my granddaughter while her mom’s at work. No clue what she’s up to other than it involves plato. I’m heading in there to play shortly. I’m partial to the dinosaur plato pieces. Fun weekend!

In the meantime, I’m watching My Little Pony. Don’t judge, lol.

I’m running a bit behind on my manuscript, but need to get finished on it. I’m heading into the home stretch! Just have to take out a few characters.

I have to go over what my buddy Tamara beta read before she passed away, make changes then send to Molly, my editor.

In the mean time, the critter is calling so I have to get back to babysitting. Have a great Saturday!