Altered Frequency by Joya Fields

July 7th, 2013 kimbacaffeinate Giveaway, Review 101 Comments

7th Jul

Today I am excited to share my review of paranormal romance Alternated Frequency and a guest post from Joya Fields. There is also a fabulous giveaway sponsored by the author. Enjoy!

 

Altered Frequency 
by Joya Fields
Series: Hauntings at Inner Harbor #2
Publisher: Decadent
Publication date: May 17, 2013
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance
Source: Tour
Purchase*: Barnes and Noble/Amazon

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?

When I started reading Altered Frequency I didn’t realize it was book two in the Hauntings at Inner Harbor but thankfully each story appears to be self-contained and it didn’t affect my enjoyment in any way. My understanding is that each tale focuses on the same apartment building and features a new couple and a ghostly spirit. Joya Fields delivered a well paced romance with a paranormal twist and I read this in a single evening. Three word review: sweet, entertaining and hot.

Missy Prescott is a radio talk show host, and has recently moved into a new apartment building in Baltimore. Each night her overprotective Mom waits for her text letting her know she is safely tucked into her apartment. After losing both her brother and father in the line of duty the two are close. One thing Missy knows for sure is that she will never give her heart to a man who has a dangerous profession.  Blake Decker has been betrayed by his mother and the woman he thought he loved and has come to count on his band of brothers. One night stands are more than enough for him when it comes to woman. But the former resident of Missy’s apartment Betty McAllister has other ideas. She’s a ghost and will not cross over until Blake finds true love and she thinks Missy is the perfect girl for him. The tale that unfolds is romantic and suspenseful and I became completely caught up in the tale.

The characters in Fields’ novel are fairly fleshed out and we get a sense of their history. Missy is confident, loves her job and readily accepts Betty. She is instantly attracted to Blake physically and terrified of her feelings as she gets to know him. Blake is sweet to little old ladies, and has been hurt one too many times. The man was yummy! He finds himself attracted to Missy as well and this might complicate things. Both characters are likable and I easily found myself rooting for them. Betty is everyone’s idea of the perfect grandma and I adored this little busybody of a ghost.

While the romance is sweet, hot and adorable there are other elements to this tale that create some suspense.  The romance itself started out as physical and slowly slipped into something more. The tale flowed effortlessly and from the first page I just slipped into the story. While some of the elements were predictable other threads kept things interesting and added both elements of danger and a dark malevolent threat. I have a feeling the later is threaded through all of the books in the series and has me seeking out a copy of book one before I move forward. However if you are the love um and leave them kind of reader the ending should leave you satisfied. My only complaint is that I would have loved a longer story and more depth.

Fans of romance with a paranormal twist will enjoy Altered Frequency and the Hauntings at Inner Harbor.  Hereafter the first book is available and there is no news at this time on the expected release of book three.

Three and half cups of coffee out of five

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Guest Post 

Power Outages and Ghosts!

Thanks so much for hosting me here today to chat about my new release, Altered Frequency (Hauntings at Inner Harbor, Book 2), ghosts, and what happens when the lights go out.

Blake and Missy, the hero and heroine in Altered Frequency, are haunted by a matchmaking ghost named Betty. She won’t cross over to the other side until she gets them to see they are meant to be together. One of the tricks she plays on Blake and Missy is turning off the power in the apartment building where they live. And then she literally pushes them together.

I live in Maryland, where we get pounded by all sorts of different weather. Blizzards, hurricanes, nor’easters, a few tornadoes, and lots of summertime thunderstorms. The longest we’ve ever been without power is six days (after a one-two punch blizzard). At the time, we lived on seven acres, and we were on our own. No store to walk to for food, no pizza delivery, cable TV or internet.

So I learned to keep a huge box of supplies for power outages. Of course, there was the usual: batteries, flashlights, candles, radio, and manual can opener. But I also made sure we always had lots of books, puzzles and a few decks of cards. Hey! Fun stuff happens in the dark, right?

I’d love to hear about your favorite “without power” story. And thanks for stopping by to check out Altered Frequency.

 

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. 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.

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101 Responses to “Altered Frequency by Joya Fields”

  1. Mandy Earles

    I know! I’m having major withdrawals. I love Josh. He’s super funny. I hope Syfy wakes up and they do another season soon!

  2. Mandy Earles

    Have you ever watched that SyFy show Destination Truth? I love that show. They go out in search for myths like the Loch ness monster or Bigfoot and try to find evidence that the legends are true. Most of the time they disprove the myths, but sometimes, freaky things happen like recording an EVP while looking for ghosts, or they find a huge unexplained footprint. So yeah, I believe there is a lot of stuff we humans have yet to uncover. Is it paranormal? Who knows, but that’s what makes it so exciting to find out 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. Danielle Chapman

    Sounds like a very interesting book. I do believe that there are things out there that we can’t explain…

  4. Arely Z.

    I do, actually. I believe in the supernatural and the paranormal. I mean, we can’t be the only things out there in this humongous universe (and there’s more than one) that we’re in.

  5. Diamond Nazaneen

    Yeah, kinda *blushes*
    I believe there are things out there we can’t explain. They may not be what we think or based on any fairy tale or myth, but they’re not normal and they’re out there. I think. I like to think, anyway, lol.

  6. GRgenius

    Hmm…perhaps something to check into. Definitely like knowing you can jump in wherever in the series…makes it easier if one peeks your interest more than another. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Joya

    LOL. That happens here in Maryland, too, Kim. Thanks again for hosting me and Altered Frequency! This blog has been a LOT of fun. I really appreciate your support. 🙂

  8. Joya

    That’s so true, Pnrubfantasyreviews! Once you have to go without power for a while, you tend to be prepared for the next time. Hope the hurricanes stay away from Florida this year!! 🙂

  9. Joya

    Hope you enjoy reading about Blake, Missy and Betty, Lauren. Thanks for checking them out. 🙂

  10. Joya

    I think a healthy dose of skepticism is a good thing, Christy. Thanks for checking out Altered Frequency. Hope you enjoy! 🙂

  11. kimbacaffeinate

    I lived in Florida and VA and remember losing power like that and having massive grill outs with neighbors trying to eat what we could..ugh..do not miss that! Thanks Lisa this was delightful.

  12. Pnrurbfantasyreviews

    Being without power is the worst! I think the longest was about 6 days for us, all because of a hurricane, but being prepared is very smart and that’s what I did after that learning experience!

    I like the sound of this book, and love how the ghost plays matchmaker! Fab. review, Kim!

  13. Lauren

    Thanks for sharing this guest post and your review! I think I’d really like this one, and Blake and Missy sound fantastic (so does Betty too). Glad you were able to jump in without reading book one. Lovely review, thanks for introducing me to this!

  14. Christy (Love of Books)

    That sounds cool … that each book is set up like that. Definitely checking this series out.

    Do I believe in Paranormal …. hmmm….. I’m sure there’s something, but I’m a big skeptic. I love reading about it though.

  15. Joya

    Glad you find paranormal fun to read about, Diana! Thanks for checking out Altered Frequency! 🙂

  16. Erin F

    Looks and sounds fantastic! Thanks for sharing!!! I don’t believe in the paranormal in real life but I really love to read about it.

  17. Joya

    I agree, Lindy! Kim rocks at her reviews and this has been like a HUGE party on here today. Good luck with your reviews and I’ll bet you get lots of comments and interactions soon, too. 🙂

  18. Joya

    Hahaha, Melissa. It would be cool if there were some ghostly matchmakers like Betty! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  19. Joya

    Once I knew it was going to be a matchmaking ghost, I totally pictured Betty White, Heidi. From there, the story took off! LOL about fun things happening in the dark. 🙂

  20. Joya

    Yay! Hope you enjoy all the books in the trilogy, Andrea. The third one should release late summer/early fall. Thanks for stopping by today. 🙂

  21. Joya

    Thanks, Anna! I love the cover, too (can’t take any credit for that…that was Decadent’s artists). Thanks so much for checking out the book! 🙂

  22. Joya

    Hahaha, Shivani. You are so right (and hey…that’s kind of the premise for the third ghost story in this series…a heroine who sees ghosts when nobody else can). Thanks for your friendship today and thanks for checking out the book! 🙂

  23. Joya

    Thanks, Jenna! Kim did an awesome job of summing up the story, too! Thanks for stopping by to check it out. 🙂

  24. kimbacaffeinate

    Hi Lindy, I am so glad you find my reviews helpful and I am beyond flattered by your opinion of me. I am a very social blogger and make my way around to blogs, interact on twitter and facebook and have slowly built a loyal following. Here is my blogger tips and tricks regarding comments: http://www.caffeinatedbookreviewer.com/2013/02/how-heck-did-you-do-that-blogger-tips.html
    and there are others as well located on a page at the top of my blog under my title. Look for Blogger Tips & Tricks. It takes time, but the comments will come:) I hope you get a chance to read this book, it was fun!

  25. Lindy Gomez

    Oooh, this story sounds great! I love romances with a paranormal twist and lots of suspense. I enjoyed reading your review Kimba! It was very thoughtful, and detailed! I always enjoy your reviews! I’m striving to be a better reviewer everyday. You are one of the reviewers that I look up to. Hopefully, I will be as successful as you are one day 🙂 How do you get so many comments and interactions on your posts? Do you have any tips for me?

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

  26. kimbacaffeinate

    hahahaha…i know you like books that van be read out of order! Aww and I’d like to think there are ghosts with want to help play matchmaker:)

  27. Melissa (Books and Things)

    This sounds like a lot of fun. I also love it when you can read the second book and still enjoy it without reading the first! Love series like that. LOL

    Oh and do I believe? Yep, but I don’t think there are any ghostly matchmakers around. LOL

  28. Heidi

    A ghostly matchmaker. That sounds like fun, and yes lots of fun things can happen in the dark 🙂 Yes, I do believe in the paranormal! Thanks for the chance to win!

  29. kimbacaffeinate

    I am the same way Andrea, I like if there is an overall arc linking them but they hold their own as a standalone, this gave enough details regarding the past that it piqued my interest but I didn’t feel lost.

  30. Andrea

    I haven’t heard of this before, but it sounds really good. I love when the story is self-contained, but it still makes me want to go back and read the other books in the series. I really enjoyed this review, Kim. Thanks for sharing!

  31. Anna

    Oh how fun. I love the set up with the apartment complex and the spirits. Very creative. I’m loving the cover on this one too!

  32. shivani shah

    Do I believe in the paranormal? …..hmm! I do! There can’t be just us humans in this world right? Its a big world, I might even see a ghost and not realize its one!

  33. Jenea Whittington

    Thanks for sharing great guest post. I think this sounds like a wonderful book. Glad you enjoyed it. 🙂

  34. Joya

    Wow, I think you’re braver than I am, Ty. LOL. I’m not sure if I’m looking for vampires and werewolves because I don’t know what I’d do if I found one. Probably run. haha. Thanks very much for stopping by. 🙂

  35. Joya

    Hahaha! Yeah…I wouldn’t mind running into Joe Manganiello. He’s pretty darn smexy. 🙂

  36. kimbacaffeinate

    No Joya you had it totally right. I am Kimberly or Kim. kimba is a username that came from a childhood nickname by my father. I was a toe-head as a child and he called me kimba after kimba the white lion. 🙂

  37. Joya

    Hahah, Alisa. Yes. To believe is sort of freaky (and chilling). Thanks for stopping by today. 🙂

  38. Joya

    Haha, Jenny. I don’t think that’s weird at all to start with a second book in a series. Hope you enjoy and thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  39. Ty Wilson

    I firmly believe that there is more to the world than we realize. I’m always on the lookout for vampires and werewolves. 😉

  40. Joya

    I totally agree, Debbie. And I agree with Kim’s comment about anything being possible. Thanks for stopping by to check out Altered Frequency. 🙂

  41. Joya

    I agree, Nick! Who doesn’t love ghosts in books? I loved writing these three stories. If you read all three books (although the last one hasn’t released yet), that would be a nice LONG book. LOL. Thanks so much for stopping by today to check it out. 🙂

  42. Joya

    I agree with you, Tammy. I think I’m too scared to think about the possibility of anything more than ghosts existing. LOL. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  43. Jenny

    I am definitely a fan of romance with a paranormal twist Kimba, so this is definitely sounding like a good book for me! I like that it’s a stand alone too despite being the second book in a series, sometimes I like to come in in the middle and then work my way back to the beginning of a series. I’m weird like that:) Lovely review as always!

  44. alisa

    thanks for the contest. I also believe in the paranormal. It freaks me out, but I do believe there is something else out there.

  45. Debbie Haupt

    Thanks Kim for the contest and for the post. I do believe in the paranormal. Well I’d like to believe it’s a possibility anyway.
    🙂

  46. Nick

    Sounds like an interesting series. I like how each book in the series features a different couple.
    And ghosts! Who doesn’t love some ghosts in their books!
    The characters seem to be well-developed, but it’s a shame the book wasn’t longer. You probably would have given it a higher rating.
    Anyways, lovely review, Kim!

  47. Joya

    Thanks very much for hosting me here today and for the awesome review. I really appreciate your support. 🙂

  48. Joya

    Thanks for stopping by today, Kindlemom1. Glad to hear this series interested you. 🙂

  49. Joya

    Haha. Love it, Naomi. I hope you find that were wolf/panther soon. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  50. Joya

    Yay! So glad to hear you love to read about the paranormal, LadyBug. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  51. Joya

    LOL about dark stormy autumn nights. Great visual, Blodeuedd! Believing in paranormal is sort of hard to commit to. It’s okay to be on the fence about it. 🙂

  52. LadyBug Literature

    I don’t think I believe in the paranormal. But its sure fun to read about!

  53. kindlemom1

    I don’t think I have heard of this series before now. Thanks for the great review and the giveaway chance! 🙂

  54. Joya

    LOL about surviving hours but not days. Hope your electricity stays on and you get the chance to play those games, too. Thanks for stopping by to check out Altered Frequency! 🙂

  55. Kristia

    Of course and I believe in the paranormal 🙂 This book sounds like something I would enjoy! Thank you for the giveaway 🙂

  56. candacerobinson

    I definitely believe in ghosts and love books with them. Betty sounds like a ghost I would love to meet! The book sounds really good! We don’t have power outages often here in the Pacific NW, or at least I haven’t experienced it, so I’m not very prepared. But we have flashlights and some games and stuff so we can survive at least a few hours, but I’m not sure about DAYS!

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