Monday, July 28, 2014

Beverly Ovalle talks about her Inspirations on Penny's Tales


I’m not sure how other authors come up with their stories, but here are a few odd ball inspirations that have come to me.

Touched by the Sandman came to me appropriately enough as I was waking up. The state between waking and sleeping when you feel like you are between two worlds. The warmth of the bed as opposed to the cold air you know you’ll face when you peek your head above the covers. The instinctive snuggle to absorb the heat of your lover, only to find he’s not there. My brain kicked in and that is how Touched by the Sandman came to me, a whisper of an idea as I woke.
So, luckily it was a weekend. My husband was gone, at work already. So I grabbed my computer and started typing away. When I finished I sent it off to my beta readers (I’m always looking for more by the way!)

Dragons’ Mate came to me late at night as I was watching the SyFy channel. It was some alligator vs. crocodile movie. Why two fictional reptile creatures inspired a ménage dragon shifter romance I have no idea, LOL. I just think my brain doesn’t process things in a normal way. But who needs normal?
Lightning Strike. Hmm. I have no idea how that happened! It is about a war veteran and a tree nymph. If I recall correctly I was surfing the internet and started reading about mythology and that led to a page on nymphs. That then led to my story. A magical place, a man and an injured tree nymph just percolated out of my brain and to my fingers.

A Saint’s Salvation was different. Never meant to published, I created a character that had the personality of my son. Don’t say sick, LOL. It wasn’t a love story at first. It was a way to deal with the angst. My son was in Afghanistan and it was hard on him, me and my husband. He would message us weekly or daily, just to touch base with home. I believe it was to touch base with reality and normal life, so he remembered what home was like. He won’t talk about what went on there, but the young men he served with are all really close even though they are all over the world. When he came home, he wasn’t quite the same young man. He had matured, somewhat. He’ll always have a wicked sense of humor. Just having him home safe, I was able to divorce the story from him and it turned into a romance.

I could go on and on. I have two stories currently in the submission process. One another dragon shifter tale, Stealing Hope, which is exciting as it will be my first full length novel so it will eventually be in print! Woo hoo! The other is a short hot erotic western, Triple D Dude Ranch. I was laughing and said I should write a western from a city girls point of view, but it got hot fast and furious. It takes place in Texas and it has a horse. What else does it need? A hot cowboy? Oh yeah!
I have four more stories I’m working on. I don’t always remember how I was inspired, but when I do, as you can see, it just isn’t normal!

Touched by the Sandman
~A lonely woman's torrid sexual dreams and fantasy partner await her as a dominant reality in another dimension~
The sandman visits those that need him, assisting them to sleep. Until one night he meets a woman that he cannot help but return to time after time.
She is lonely. He comes to her as she drifts off to sleep, the man of her dreams. Awake or asleep, which is her reality?
He knows she is the one meant for him. He will find a way to make both of their dreams come true.

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Dragons’ Mate
They had been searching for their mate, but when they find her she is traumatized and scared to be around strange men. They must get her to accept them before they reveal their true natures. Will their love be strong enough to break down her barriers? Could she truly be destined to love two dragons?
Today Annie’s dragons will shift and fulfill her every desire, which means a fiery threesome—and true love.
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Lightning Strike
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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Corporal Nicholas 'Saint' Santiago needs to go home to reclaim the man he used to be. To be the man he was before Operation Enduring Freedom slowly hardened his heart. He needs to reconnect to the values and the reasons he is doing what he does. Saint also needs to try to forget the courageous woman he knows was meant to be his.
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?
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Beverly Ovalle lives in Wisconsin with her husband Edmond of 24 years and two Chinese Water Dragons. Having her own Dragons is expected as she is dragon crazy and anyone that walks in her house can tell. Her son Nicholas visits when he is on leave from the Marines.  Her daughter Susannah visits from time to time to make sure us ‘old’ folks are alive and kicking.

Beverly has traveled around the world thanks to five years in the US Navy and has worked for the government in one capacity or another for the past 30 years. 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 has been reading romances since her Aunt introduced her to the gothic romance in the fourth grade and is still reading every chance she gets.



  1. Beverly, thanks so much for stopping by my blog today. Your books sound great and I love those covers!

  2. Thank you for having me! I enjoyed sharing what inspired me. I love them too!

  3. Beverley, love what inspires your stories. The inspiration behind Saint's Salvation was very touching--I'm glad your son made it home.
    My sons have also inspired a couple of my stories. One is a zombie story, the other is about an angel.