Petty Officer Angelina Jones' life changed the moment Saint saved her life. She survived the blast but now has to deal with the fact that she will never be whole. Knowing Saint received a 'Dear John' letter, Angelina has no intention of being his rebound romance. She needs to be loved for herself. She needs to forget about the one man she knows was meant to be hers.
They each try to find someone to help them forget.
But what does fate have planned for them?
Thank you for hosting me. I’m Beverly Ovalle. I don’t write under a pen name as I never really thought I’d get published. I thought if I did it would be a bucket list kind of thing, having my name on a book I wrote.
I’ve been married to my husband Ed for almost 25 years. We have two children, our eldest Nicholas is a US Marine. Our youngest, Susannah is a CNA and getting ready to start school to become a radiologist.
Both my husband Ed and I are Navy Veterans. We are both active in our communities with our local AMVETS.
How long have you been writing?
At least since high school. I still have scraps around and journals where I’ve written ideas down over the course of my life.
What’s your story about?
I’ve recently released two. <G> Not planned that they would come out within a month of each other, but I really wasn’t going to say no! They are with two separate publishers. Touched by the Sandman and A Saint’s Salvation. But I’ll confine myself to one! A Saint’s Salvation
My story is about a marine returning home from a tour in Afghanistan. At his lowest ebb, a turning point came when he realized he was about to lose the woman that meant more to him than his own life. They are in a war zone, so it isn’t that she’s going to leave. He saves her life by jumping in front of a grenade for her. <ignoring the snickers about the song> She knows, however, that he had gotten a Dear John letter and wouldn’t take him seriously. She had her own problems to deal with. She had lived, but lost part of her leg in the blast. Both being injured, they were hospitalized. Saint then went back to his unit and Doc stayed in rehab, both losing contact with the other. Needing to connect with someone, wanting to be loved, they had both contacted a military dating site, setting up a blind dates to try to forget each other. And so the story goes.
What genre would you consider your book?
I would consider it a contemporary romance. I suppose it could also be considered New Adult as my characters are in their early twenties. I generally refer to it as a contemporary military romance.
Give me some insight into your main character.
Corporal Nicholas ‘Saint’ Santiago is a charming rouge. He knows he needs help so he takes the bull by the horns and gets it. He knows too much war has changed him and has to reconnect with the values he grew up with and with his family to make him realize why he does what he does.
What makes your book different from others in its genre?
It is heartfelt. The emotions came straight from the heart. The emotions my son felt when he received a Dear John letter while he was deployed. The way I felt when I was separated from everything I’d known when I was on board ship, out to sea in the Navy. Being alone with no way to connect to home. Facing foreign lands and people is interesting but there’s no place like home to know you are loved.
What inspired you to write your book?
My son’s tattoo. For some reason it just struck a note with me. It was actually the title of the book until two weeks before publication.
How did you come up with the title?
Well, it was originally titled Saint Nicholas. That is my son’s tattoo. My publisher thought it would limit the number of people that read it as it was too Christmassy. My editor, who is also my BFF, were tossing around titles. She absolutely refused to let me call it The Jarhead and the Squid. Picky, picky! We went at it for fifteen minutes to a half hour and she said A Saint’s Salvation. I was like, ohhh, I like that! And so it stuck.
What’s your favorite part of it, without giving anything away of course?
When Saint meets Doc on the plane. The interaction is fun and playful.
Tell me about your writing process?
I have none! I just start writing. I’m working on one now where I had no idea of who the heroine was. I was writing, and all of a sudden she appeared. Rescued by my hero from a group of terrorists, beat within an inch of her life. That’s where I’m at now. I can’t wait to see what happens next!
What do you find most difficult about writing?
Taking the time to do it. I work full time, salaried so it’s not really a forty hour a week job. It’s usually more. I’m active with my veteran’s group, I partner on a blog, Smile Somebody Loves You and spend way too many hours on facebook and tumblr.
Are you a full-time writer?
In five years when I retire I plan on it, but for now, no.
What are your writing ambitions?
I really want to write a screenplay for the Sci Fy channel. I even know what it is, I just have to figure out how to write it. I was thrilled that InD’tale Magazine is having a screen writer do a three part article. It’s a start.
What do you do when you get writer’s block?
I read, or watch a movie, cook. I love to cook. Sometimes I’m just antsy so I’ll go to the gym. When I can settle down, I can write.
What is your favorite book?
My favorite is Dark Fire by Christine Feehan. She’s spoiled me for other vampires, LOL. I must have read it about fourteen times, and not just to pronounce the names fourteen ways!
Are there any new authors that have grabbed your interest?
I really like Johanna Parkhurst. She writes YA and the one I’ve read was so well written, I can’t wait to see what else she does.
There are so many. Another is Lydia Michaels. I’m not sure how new she is, but she’s new to me. I won two of her books in a contest and just couldn’t put them down. I was crying and laughing right along with her characters. She’s a wonderful romance writer.
Are you self published or traditionally published? Do you wish you had gone about the process differently?
In some future time and some future date I might self-publish. For now, I’m happy to be with a small indie press. They have great editors, I go through two to three rounds of editing, a copy reader goes over the books and they have a cover artist, Dawne Dominique that is fantastic. They take a lot of the load and worry that I honestly don’t have the time for.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Keep trying. I never thought I would be published. Writing for me was a way to blow off steam and get my feelings out. I never thought I would actually have any of my stories under contract. Here I am in one year getting four contracts and having four of my stories published. It’s awesome, so don’t give up.
If you could have dinner with any person dead or alive who would it be?
My great grandmother Vesta. She passed when I was eight and I still have such good memories of her. I still miss her. Whenever we would visit, I got to sleep with her and we’d chat until we fell asleep. Of course she laughed and said I continued even in my sleep.
When you aren’t writing, what do you do for fun?
Read, watch movies, garden, play video games and hit the gym-not that you can notice! I also like to do projects around the house, like moving and putting in walls.
If you could say anything to your readers, what would it be?
THANK YOU! Those of you who I’ve connected with on FB and twitter are a blast. One day I hope to meet them in person.
What's your biggest fear?
Spiders, like any sane person. J Really, it is losing my eyesight.
Who is the most annoying character you've ever encountered in a book, on tv or in a movie?
Not in real life? No? Hmmm. That goofy guy on Seinfeld, the round little one. George I think?
If you were on death row, what would you choose for a final meal?
A turkey dinner, dark meat, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry sauce and chocolate mousse. And a mocha caramel coffee to wash it down.
What is your biggest pet peeve?
OMG! People calling you while chewing gum! I hang up if I can. I just want to snap the gum through the phone and pop them in the nose with it.
If you knew you could get away with anything without consequence, what would you do?
Fire every last politician in Washington DC.
What is your biggest regret in life?
My biggest regret is that I didn’t stay in the Navy. But if I had, I wouldn’t have the life I do now.
If you had Doctor Who's TARDIS, what time would you travel to?
I’d go to the medieval times, then zip into Victorian England, and then go on to the raping of America by joining a wagon train across the country.
The fierceness of the people in medieval times is fascinating, the pagan and Christian beliefs intermingling as they struggled to survive. I’d like to see the excesses of Victorian England. Finally the history of the settling of America has always made me want to join in, striving and struggling to find a new home in the vast, beautiful wilderness of America.
What is the best present you ever received?
Sappy, here. My children.
What's your secret guilty pleasure movie you don't want to admit you love?
So not a secret! Attack of the Killer Tomatoes. Yes I own it on dvd. J
What is your most prized material possession?
My precious, my car. It was a very expensive impulse buy. My lime green, leather interior, Ford Escape. I just love my car! I’ve had it for four years and it still looks brand new. So pretty!
Where can we find you?
Goodreads at http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6982787.Beverly_Ovalle
LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=236055547&trk=hb_tab_pro_top
Book Blogs: http://bookblogs.ning.com/profile/BeverlyOvalle