Title: Altered Frequency
Author: Joya Fields
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Hauntings at Inner Harbor # 2
Best Read in Order: Not Required
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About the Book:
After losing her father and brother in the line of duty, Missy Prescott vows never to get involved with anyone who has a dangerous job. Blessed with a golden voice, she takes a job as a disc jockey with her own late-night lovelorn dedication show on a popular radio station in Baltimore.
Blake Decker has never had a family. He has come to count on the only family he knows—his brothers on the police force. He’s a one-night-stand kind of guy when it comes to relationships.
Betty McAllister, the caring woman who used to live in Missy’s apartment, is now a ghost. She refuses to cross over until Blake—whom she viewed as her own son—is happily in love. She thinks Missy is the perfect girl for him.
Missy and Blake need to keep each other at a distance as they work together to help Betty find a way to cross over. But when danger lurks, will Missy and Blake lose everything?
Read on for the Review, Guest Post and more about Joya
Oh how I adored Betty, ghostly matchmaker who makes beds, cleans up and leaves the scent of fresh-baked apple pie in her wake. She was clever and funny, and provided a series of ‘meetings’ between Missy and Blake to achieve her goal of finding Blake a “nice girl” just for him.
Missy was cleverly created as well: dealing with her own grief from the loss of her father and brother. Her acceptance of Betty, watching movies, chatting, even arranging the kitchen cabinets to make her comfortable was sweet, and Betty became a mother / friend figure for her quite quickly.
Blake was more surprising: while claiming to not want a relationship or a connection, his internal battle and questions about the comfort and reactions he has to Missy told a far different story. His reaction when he finally does see Betty is sweetly touching: while she thinks of him as a son, he longs for her mothering and the sense of familial acceptance she brought.
Fields created a story that was believable with characters who were instantly empathetic and easy to like. Adding Betty in the mix for some comedic relief, and then as the true heroine when Missy’s life is on the line brought the tension to a climax point, and had both Missy and Blake realizing just what was important. While their connection and sex was steamy, the emotional revelations and that palpable connection between them was the most satisfying part of this story. For a quick, short and highly happy read – this book is a winner.
I received an eBook copy from the publisher for purpose of honest review for the book tour. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Raise Your Hand If You Love Betty White!
First of all, thanks so much for hosting me today on your wonderful blog. It’s great to be here chatting about my newest release, Altered Frequency (Hauntings at InnerHarbor, Book 2), and Betty White. What does Betty White have to do with my book? Well, like a lot of authors, I use photos of real people as models for characters in my books and then fictionalize them. And as I wrote Betty McAllister, the matchmaking ghost, I pictured someone like Betty White.
For anyone who doesn’t know, Betty White played Sue Ann on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” Rose Nylund on “The Golden Girls,” recently hosted “Saturday Night Live,” and stars on a show called “Betty White’s Off Their Rockers.” (Note: I have not caught an episode of “Hot in Cleveland,” her latest sit-com, yet, but I plan to catch up on those episodes soon.)
She’s the type of sassy, fun-loving, doesn’t-take-crap-from-anyone type that I’d like to be when I grow up. So of course in Altered Frequency, when Betty the ghost gets it into her mind that Baltimore policeman Blake Decker and late-night deejay Missy Prescott should be together, there is no stopping her. From turning out the lights on them, setting off a fire alarm, and literally pushing them toward each other, she’ll stop at nothing to get them to see how right they are for each other. And she won’t cross over to the next world until they’re together.
What do you think? Do you think a ghost could be a successful matchmaker? Blake and Missy fight their attraction—and Missy has very good reasons not to date a cop. But when danger lurks, Betty not only helps save a life, she helps Missy and Blake find love.
I’d love to hear about your favorite Betty White moment if you have one! Thanks for stopping by today.
About the Author:
Joya Fields has had over 100 stories and articles published in local and national magazines. Her debut novel, a romantic suspense, was a NJRW GOLDEN LEAF WINNER FOR BEST FIRST BOOK OF 2012 and was nominated for RT Book Reviews 2012 Indie Press/Self-Published Contemporary Romance award. She’s since released three more books, with lots more on the way
Over the years, Joya has taught arts and crafts, worked in public relations, owned a daycare center, helped her children raise prize-winning 4-H livestock, competed in three marathons, and even spent a year as a Baltimore Colts cheerleader. Joya loves spending time with her high school sweetheart/husband of over twenty-five years, two very supportive children, and a pug who follows her everywhere.