Review & Interview: Altered Frequency: Hauntings at Inner Harbor #2 by Joya Fields

July 26, 2013 Review 10

Review & Interview: Altered Frequency: Hauntings at Inner Harbor #2 by Joya Fields

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?

Title: Altered Frequency
Author: Joya Fields
Published by Decadent Publishing
Source: Author
Published: 17 May, 2013
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Romantic Suspense
Pages: 137
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Stars: four-stars
Flames: three-half-flames

For a quick and fun read that will have you laughing out loud before gripping the edge of your seat – grab Altered Frequency by Joya Fields.  You will not be disappointed in the romance or the action! Fields creates a story with characters that are instantly likable, and adds a unique and clever twist with Betty.  Oh how I adored Betty- she is the ghostly matchmaker that also makes beds, cleans up your mess and leaves the scent of fresh-baked apple pie in her wake. She was clever and funny, and arranged a series of ‘meetings’ between Missy and Blake in her determination to find him the ‘right’ nice girl.

Missy was cleverly created as well: a late night DJ, she moved across country to separate and deal with her own grief from the loss of her father and brother. Her acceptance of and reliance on Betty, as a new friend in the strange town: watching movies, chatting, even arranging the kitchen cabinets to make her comfortable was sweet, and Betty became a mother / friend figure for her quite quickly.

Blake was more surprising: while claiming to not want a relationship or a connection, his internal battle and questions about the comfort and reactions he has to Missy told a far different story. The one person who loved him unconditionally was Betty: with her gone his childhood memories of a life without love erode his own self-worth.  His reaction when he finally is able to see Betty is sweetly touching: while she thinks of him as a son, he longs for her mothering and the sense of familial acceptance she brought.

Sexually their tension is off the chains – even with a ghostly witness who, cleverly, stands facing the wall when the passion ignites in their first kiss.  The consummation is the stuff dreams are made of – sexy, hot and mind-blowing for them both, despite their attempts to deny it.

When danger arrives – the action is fast-paced and utterly tension filled.  The culmination of the danger, however, leads to tear-jerking (yes – I did have tears) goodbyes even as the romance was well on the way to a happy ever after.  Fields created a story that was believable with characters that were instantly empathetic and easy to like. With connections that worked on several levels and some steamy sex scenes: it was the emotional revelations and the palpable connections between character that were the most satisfying part of this story. For a quick, short and highly happy read – this book is a winner.

I received an eBook copy from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.  Reworked for the Jeep Diva. 



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Joya Fields

Vanessa: Would you please start by telling us a little bit about yourself?

Hi Vanessa, and thanks very much for hosting me at The Jeep Diva today. I’ve been writing for about eight years now. Got my start writing non-fiction articles for a parenting magazine, wrote a slew of stories for the “confessions” magazines (anyone remember their mom/grandmom reading those?) and moved on to full-length books about two years ago. ALTERED FREQUENCY is my fourth full-length novel.

Vanessa: Can you tell us about your current work in progress, perhaps you could share a favorite fact or piece of fascinating information about it?

ALTERED FREQUENCY is a romance with a ghostly twist—the hero and heroine try to resist their feelings for each other, but they live in a haunted apartment building. And Betty, the ghost of an elderly former resident, decides to play matchmaker. SIDELINED AFTERLIFE is the next book that will be coming out in this series. A favorite fact about this book might be that there is a very special ghost—one with a famous history in Baltimore and all over the world—who will make an appearance in the third story in this series.

Vanessa: What was your most challenging book to bring to life?

SIDELINED AFTERLIFE (which should be coming out this fall) was very challenging because the heroine’s a psychic-medium, the hero is a doctor, and the ghost is a former football player. So I had a lot of research to do!

Vanessa: What was your favorite scene or chapter to write, which book and why?

Well, Betty the ghost is such a fun character. I had Betty White’s picture next to my computer as I wrote ALTERED FREQUENCY and that’s how I imagine this ghost. So the opening scene, where Betty appears and confuses the heck out of Missy, the heroine, was really fun to write.

Vanessa: If you could trade places for a day with one of your characters, who would it be and why?

Oh boy! Tough question because I really put my poor heroines through the wringer. My heroines are tougher than I am, so I think I’d pick Keely, the heroine from my latest romantic suspense, REUNITED IN DANGER.

Vanessa: If you could spend a day with any one of your hero’s where would y’all go and what would y’all do? Juicy details please! 

I’m thinking a picnic with Hunter, the hero from SIDELINED AFTERLIFE, by Baltimore’s Inner Harbor would be a good start. The “photo inspiration” for Hunter came from Ian Somerhalder (Damon, from The Vampire Diaries). From there, well…I’m married, so I’d better just stop there. I’ll let Veronica, the heroine from SIDELINED AFTERLIFE finish what she starts with him. J

Vanessa: When was the oddest circumstance one of your characters started talking to you and what did he/she want to do? 

My characters always talk to me. The oddest was probably when Betty-the-ghost started talking to me about setting off a fire alarm in ALTERED FREQUENCY.

Vanessa: Which of your characters is most/least like you, and in what way(s)?

Missy, from ALTERED FREQUENCY, is probably the most like me because she’s independent and yet cares a lot about others.

Vanessa: How do you spend your down time between edits, deadlines, writing and creating new and fascinating books? Do have a favorite pastime or hobby to fill you spare time with?

Downtime? What’s downtime? LOL. I love gardening and walk/runs. My daughter and I just signed up for a half marathon, so that’ll be a great incentive for me to train harder.

About The Author:

Joya Fields has been making up stories for as long as she can remember, and it’s all her parents’ fault! They allowed only one T.V. in her childhood home and even that was rarely turned on. So, to entertain her sisters (and herself), Joya developed Story Hour. Her siblings’ wide-eyed, rapt attention fascinated Joya almost as much as the chorus of “Oh, no… don’t stop!” that followed when she whispered, “The End.” Their enthusiasm, she believes, is what encouraged her to continue making stuff up.

As she grew older, Joya put pencil to paper and wrote stories to give as gifts. Everyone thought she was so clever. She thought she was pretty smart, too, because her gifts didn’t dent her allowance.

It came as no surprise to anyone when Joya obtained a B.A. in English from the University of Maryland.

Over the years, she has taught arts and crafts, worked in public relations, owned a daycare center, helped her children raise prize-winning 4-H animals, completed three marathons, and even spent a year as a Baltimore Colts cheerleader.

Joya still enjoys turning stories into gifts. Most recently, she gathered memories from her husband’s 10 siblings and turned them into a memoir, presented to her in-laws at Christmas.

Yes, Joya continues to make up stories… but now, her work wins writing contests and inspires acceptance letters from editors. Over 100 of her stories and articles have been published in magazines and newspapers, and she’s putting the finishing touches on her fifth novel…a romantic suspense.

When she’s not busy writing articles, short stories, and novels, Joya loves spending time with her romantic hero/high school sweetheart/husband of over twenty years, two very supportive teenaged children, and a pug who follows her everywhere she goes.




Twitter: @JoyaFields


A shadow moved from the other side of the hallway. Blake froze, and his fingers moved to his weapon. He blinked. Nothing there. He dug in his pocket for his keys and glanced at Missy’s doorway.

Betty—wearing her pink sweat suit and flamingo earrings—stood grinning at him. She winked, raised her hand, and then knocked three times on Missy’s door.

Blake’s mouth opened and then closed. Betty disappeared. He closed his eyes for a half a minute and then opened them when he heard Missy’s door open.

Missy stood in the doorway wearing the same clothes as earlier. A white T-shirt, a pair of jeans, and a simple necklace that hung between her breasts, spiraling the memory of her body to the forefront of his mind. He knew exactly how those curves felt under his hands and he craved the feel of them again.

“Hey. Thanks for stopping by the bookstore today.” Missy pocketed her hands in her jeans, pulling them down just enough for him to get a glimpse of her lower belly. He swallowed in order to concentrate.

“You—you should look out your peephole before you open your door.” There. He’d be the concerned policeman who lived across the hall. But how the hell had Betty…no, it couldn’t have been Betty. What was going on?

Missy frowned. “You feeling all right?”

“Yeah. Of course.”

“’Cause I did look out my peephole and I saw you.” She tilted her head. “I sort of thought it was okay to open up since it was my neighbor, the cop.”

How had he gotten in front of her door? He’d been several feet away when Betty…when…. Oh shit. He really needed that beer now. Time for a change of subject. He’d process the other stuff later.

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10 Responses to “Review & Interview: Altered Frequency: Hauntings at Inner Harbor #2 by Joya Fields”

  1. Lori Meehan

    The book sounds intriguing. I’ve not read a book by this author.

  2. Joya Fields

    Thanks so very much for hosting ALTERED FREQUENCY today, Gaele. Wow! What an spectacular review. Thank you! (p.s. The flamingo earrings in the prize are the same type Betty wears. 🙂

  3. DebraG

    It does sound like an amazing read. thanks so much for sharing.

  4. Janice Hougland

    Hello Joya, so nice to “meet” you on this blog today. I loved the excerpt you shared from your story and I believe I would really get a kick out of reading Missy’s and Blake’s “courtship” game story. I’ve read quite a few paranormals, but not one about a ghost…so this will be a new experience for me, one that I will enjoy I’m sure. Thanks for the chance!

  5. bn100

    a ghost like Betty White sounds fun

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  6. Crystal Guidroz

    I am super excited to try this book out! Ghosts are definitely something I am really interested in. I really enjoyed the excerpt and the interview was great. I love that this story combines paranormal, romance, and humor all in one. A perfect blend that I bet makes one great story 🙂