Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Meet Beverly Ovalle, Author of Lightning Strike

It's my pleasure to introduce you to Beverly Ovalle.

BO:  Hi Leslie Ann, thank you for hosting me on your blog today. I'm excited to meet your audience.
LA:  Hi Beverly, tell us about your current series.

BO: I’m currently working on a second book in my wood nymph series. In Lightning Strike, Levi called for help. Willow’s Cry is the ranger on his way to answer that call. The ranger is Levi’s cousin Alex.

LA: What’s next for you?

BO: I’m hoping to have a military romance accepted soon. It is submitted, but you know what that’s like. Wait, wait, wait all the while your fingers are crossed.
LA: That's seems like a departure from your established genre.  Why military? How much time do you spend promoting your books? What works best for you?

BO: Probably at least an hour a day, I find that being on different blogs seems to be the best way to gain a larger audience. Promoting on the different facebook sites and twitter helps to keep my books ‘out there’. Blog Hops are also a great way of promoting also.

LA: What is your writing routine like?
BO: I have no routine, no set routine. I try to get a couple of hours in whenever my husband is at work when I’m off. Sometimes I wake up early and write and when I come home for lunch, if I’m not promoting, I’m writing. NaNo helped me sit down and try to write daily, so I try to do that even if it is only 100 words or 5000. It depends on how well it flows. Usually I can get out around 500. I just have to do it and the lure of facebook and games (Yup, I’m a gamer) easily pulls me away.

LA: Having achieved your goal to be a published author, what is the most rewarding thing?

BO: The most rewarding thing is to have someone tell me how they enjoyed it. I love when I have someone tell me that want to know when my next book is coming out. Happily I can say I have a few.

LA: Which aspect of writing do you love the best, and which do you hate the most?
BO: I love to write. Pouring my imagination out for others to read is a trip. I hate promoting. I’m not a real outgoing person with strangers and feel funny asking for people to like me. I have to force myself to go up to a stranger to even talk to them. If I could write and just send it out on the sales sites I’d be great. Once I’m comfortable with a person, I’m good. Or bad J depending on your point of view!
LA: What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?

BO: Nothing to do with writing! I have wonderful children, outgoing and not at all shy. My son is a US Marine. He’s served for four years and has reenlisted. He has been deployed to Korea and Afghanistan and is currently in Kuwait.
My daughter is a Certified Nursing Assistant and enjoys working with the elderly. She lives nearby and visits a lot and is working on getting into a Radiology program. More power to her, she loves that kind of thing. Me, I don’t even want to see a paper cut and I’m usually the one applying band aids at work.
LA: Describe for us, if you will, your writing style, as in plotter vs. seat of the pants, and do you put more time into developing characters or plot or are they equal?

BO: Oh boy, that’s hard and easy. When an idea comes to me, I know the beginning and end. Getting there is the problem! I can’t plot further than that because I end up stalling, like I was going through a maze and hit a brick wall.
The characters, like my plotting are nebulous ideas. They develop as I write. I’ve often had to go back and change speech or reactions to bring the character in the beginning more in line with how they develop. In Willow’s Cry, Alexander, my main character is defined by his name, a defender and protector. But his story is taking a turn I didn’t expect. Usually my stories are very erotic, but I’m not sure this one will be. It is developing differently, but it’s not over yet and with the nymphs, well, their trees required sexual healing. A good excuse, right?
LA: Grammatical pet peeve … sound off.

BO: Use punctuation dammit! It’s there for a reason! I’m a grammar nut. If I’m not sure of something, I pull out my school house rock. Conjunction junction, what’s your function? (You have to sing it!)

My son hates submitting his chapters to me, but I tell him that better I do it than anyone else. He is working on a fantasy novel-quite good if I say so myself. As much as I don’t like to say it, I think he is a better writer than me! But I made him so that’s okay.

LA: Someone has cut you off in the checkout line. How do you handle it?

BO: Roll my eyes. If they are in that much of a hurry, I don’t worry about it. I don’t go shopping if I’m short on time. If I go for only a couple of items I go to the express lane or self check out. If I have a ton of stuff, I’ll usually let someone with less go in front of me anyhow. I figure don’t sweat the small stuff.

LA: Do you have a day job, too?

BO: I have to pay the bills! And for my lovely new car, a sweet lime green hybrid Ford Escape. I am a Postmaster in my town. I’ve been working for the government for over three decades.   

LA: Are you superstitious?

BO: It depends. I won’t allow a Ouija Board in the house. I know they are evil. I do believe in ghosts from personal experiences. Black cats, ladders and broken mirrors, no. I lived in one house where I couldn’t do that rhyme at midnight about Medusa in the mirror because when I’d start, all the hair on my body stood on end. *shrugging* I was a kid, it was a dare and that house was evil.

LA: Do you have a favorite quote, quip, or saying? What is it?

BO: Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead. LOL it’s not just a Navy saying, it applies to all walks of life. The other is Smile Somebody Loves You. It is a special saying between me and my best friends, which is why we named our blog that.

Blurb: For generations Levi’s family had guarded a sacred glen in the mountains. Still far from man this isolated area was a favorite spot of his grandfather. Levi grew up listening to his tales and fell in love without ever having stepped foot there.

Now Levi’s family, led by his grandmother, wanted to sell the land. With only his grandfather and Levi against it, Levi has to prove to the rest of the family why they needed to continue their guardianship. Believing in his grandfather’s tales despite himself, Levi went armed with his camera and his well-known expertise behind the lens and headed out for proof.  

Providing that proof and protecting the secrets of the glen from the world, Gaia needs to convince Levi to continue that protection. Daphnaie, the embodiment of his every dream, is sent to show him why, stealing his heart in the process to save her world.

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Beverly Ovalle lives in Wisconsin with her husband Edmond of 24 years and two Chinese Water Dragons. Her son Nicholas is in the US Marines. Her daughter Susannah lives nearby and is a CNA.

Beverly has traveled around the world thanks to five years in the US Navy. Beverly and her brothers have travelled most of the continental United States as children due to the station wagon from Hell. Still active with veterans, she is adjutant for her local AMVETS.

Beverly Ovalle has two published books out. One, Dragons’ Mate with Boroughs Publishing Group came out March 2, 2013 in their Lunchbox Romance Line. Beverly’s second, Lightning Strike was published with Secret Cravings Publishing on November 2, 2013 in Weekend Getaways.

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And don't forget Beverly's excerpt from Lightning Strike on Saturday!


  1. Thank you for having me Leslie! And as an update, my military romance was accepted by Secret Cravings and comes out on February 24.

    A Saint's Salvation

  2. That's awesome news!! Congrats. So why an military story?

    You'll have to come back and tell us about this book.


  3. Good for you, Beverly, for branching out! But...I would also like to know the answer to the question: Why a military story?

    Conjunction, junction, what's your function? Now...that's a blast from the past. I still sing that darn tune all of the time. And now I know your age, Beverly--LOL!

    Love the cover and blurb for your Lightning Strike. I wish you great success with it.