by Joya Fields
Series: Hauntings at Inner Harbor #2
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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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?
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!
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 women. 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.
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.
Oooh, I like the premise. I like when a second book in a series can stand by itself. Happy this one was good.
So do I Jennifer and this certainly did:)
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!
Of course and I believe in the paranormal 🙂 This book sounds like something I would enjoy! Thank you for the giveaway 🙂
you are welcome Kristia and good luck!
We don’t here in the midwest either but life on the east coast taught me to respect them and appreciate power!
Yay, Kristia! I believe, too. Thanks for your support! 😉
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! 🙂
You rock, Kim!! 🙂
Thanks, Jennifer!! 🙂
I don’t think I have heard of this series before now. Thanks for the great review and the giveaway chance! 🙂
Do I believe in the paranormal…eh, honestly I do not know. Except for dark stormy Autumn nights
I don’t think I believe in the paranormal. But its sure fun to read about!
I absolutely believe in the Paranormal!! I want a Were wolf/Panther for myself!! 😉
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. 🙂
Yay! So glad to hear you love to read about the paranormal, LadyBug. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂
Haha. Love it, Naomi. I hope you find that were wolf/panther soon. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂
Thanks for stopping by today, Kindlemom1. Glad to hear this series interested you. 🙂
Thanks very much for hosting me here today and for the awesome review. I really appreciate your support. 🙂
Sure, maybe as much as ghosts or hauntings.
thanks Joya, I enjoyed reading the story.
I do a little too Tammy
I enjoy reading about it as well!
that is my favorite time of year, and I love storms!
you are welcome Ali, I think you would enjoy this series
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!
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.
Agreed Nick, but this was a fun, entertaining read!
you are welcome and anything is possible:)
thanks for the contest. I also believe in the paranormal. It freaks me out, but I do believe there is something else out there.
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!
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. 🙂
I’m so glad! And you have an awesome blog here with lots of fun people.
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. 🙂
I totally agree, Debbie. And I agree with Kim’s comment about anything being possible. Thanks for stopping by to check out Altered Frequency. 🙂
I firmly believe that there is more to the world than we realize. I’m always on the lookout for vampires and werewolves. 😉
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! 🙂
Oops, *Kimba* not Kim. Sorry. 🙂
Hahah, Alisa. Yes. To believe is sort of freaky (and chilling). Thanks for stopping by today. 🙂
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. 🙂
Well I never plan it that way myself but have done it often enough and you could totally do that with this series.
I love thinking they could be out there..course they are all smexy and would never hurt me. Lol
Awww, that’s so cute, Kim. What a fun nickname. 🙂
Hahaha! Yeah…I wouldn’t mind running into Joe Manganiello. He’s pretty darn smexy. 🙂
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. 🙂
Thanks for sharing great guest post. I think this sounds like a wonderful book. Glad you enjoyed it. 🙂
thanks Jenea..i know you love tales with ghosts!
me too Alisa..unless Sam and Dean Winchester are there, then its totally cool! 🙁 Thanks for stopping by today and good luck!
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!
thanks Shivani and wouldn’t that be something if we see them and don’t even realize it…
Yeah that’d be sad for the ghost I mean ! But I bet being ghost might be handy in troublesome situations 😀 !
Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf
That sounds like a cute premise for a series! I like my Romance with a healthy side of something else like suspense or paranormal.
I do too Melissa:)
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!
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!
I like both too Anna, and who doesn’t love a haunted complex?
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.
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!
Agreed Heidi, and thanks for stopping by:)
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
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:)
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
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!
Thanks, Jenna! Kim did an awesome job of summing up the story, too! Thanks for stopping by to check it out. 🙂
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! 🙂
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! 🙂
A great big from me as this was my first series!! 🙂
I love the idea of a matchmaking ghost! Can’t say that I believe in the paranormal, but it’s fun to read about.
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. 🙂
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. 🙂
Hahaha, Melissa. It would be cool if there were some ghostly matchmakers like Betty! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂
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. 🙂
It is fun to read about, thanks Diana:)
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.
that is one of the greatest things about books anything is possible, good luck Erin:)
Glad you find paranormal fun to read about, Diana! Thanks for checking out Altered Frequency! 🙂
Yeah, Erin! Reading about it is less scary anyway. LOL. 🙂
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.
this was fun Christy and Blake is a good guy..so you will like him:)
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!
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!
you are so welcome Lauren, this was fun and I hope you try it:)
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.
Ohh wow! I like ! Thanks for the follow!!
I think a healthy dose of skepticism is a good thing, Christy. Thanks for checking out Altered Frequency. Hope you enjoy! 🙂
Hope you enjoy reading about Blake, Missy and Betty, Lauren. Thanks for checking them out. 🙂
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!! 🙂
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. 🙂
No, I don’t
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!
thanks and good luck!
Yes, I like series/books that are like that as well.
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.
I like to think so too Diamond 🙂
Mandy..i love those shows and often put them on late night.
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.
I agree Arely and I hope you get a chance to read this book/series.
Sounds like a very interesting book. I do believe that there are things out there that we can’t explain…
I do too, this was a fun read.
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!
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!