Author Profile – Val Kovalin

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Val Kovalin is a new M/M author whose first books were released this year. Here’s Val’s profile

I live in the western United States and like miniatures, minimalism, unusual junk, and animals of all sizes, especially reptiles. I started writing fiction in 2008 and my first gay romance novel Trinity Trespass was accepted by Loose Id and published this past August. Since then my novella Wicked Cool was published by Amber Allure.

I like humor, strong plots, and complicated characters in the books I read and hope to offer you the same.

Here’s the blurb for Val’s first book Trinity Trespass which received very good reviews:

A secret war rages throughout the southwestern USA and Mexico between demons and angels, all of whom are trying to pass for human. For Parnell, a demon living in Las Vegas, survival depends upon following orders and resisting the allure of any relationship that might bind him to another in sexual slavery.

In his competitive world, he regards other demons such as his lover Navarro as potential opponents. As for the angels, he knows them as the Enslavers whose evil nature compels them to exploit the drug trade in Mexico. When Navarro and Parnell go to the no-man’s land of New Mexico to capture a renegade angel-demon hybrid named Chavez, the three of them enter a triangle of powerful but uneasy sexual attraction.

Chavez hopes to seize psychic power on the auspicious day of Easter and use it to kill his current master. Parnell and Navarro must prevent this or face death and the return of their souls to Hell. To save himself, Parnell must decide whom to trust, whom to kill, and whether he can find the strength to give his heart to another.

Val’s newest book is Wicked Cool. The blurb:

Junk removal specialist Stu Van der Meer has been burned before in love affairs with corporate professionals who underestimate him as a blue-collar guy who’s good with his hands. When he meets property manager Brian Hawthorne, Stu knows he shouldn’t get involved with him, especially since he senses that Brian might be in serious trouble.

Stu, however, can’t ignore their immediate sexual chemistry. He also can’t deny his curiosity about Brian’s secret past, specialized knowledge, and unusual accent. Brian has something to hide, and it tests the limits of each man’s willingness to trust the other as Stu pursues the truth.

Is Brian a criminal? A victim? Is he only using Stu as a distraction from his fears? As their relationship deepens, Stu must decide what risks he will take to protect them when Brian faces a threat from the past…

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Val’s new work-in-progress for Amber Allure is part of the upcoming Masquerade series of stand-alone novellas that have an overall theme of one man meets the love of his life at a masquerade ball. Her story, titled Ink Illusions, is a contemporary romance about a gay man who unexpectedly finds himself parenting somebody else’s kid. The story’s other elements include south Texas, Judaism, an ex-convict, tattoos and body art, Asatru (Norse paganism), and guinea pigs.

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Val Kovalin’s Contact Information

email:  veekay2000@gmail.com

website:  http://www.obsidianbookshelf.com

29 thoughts on “Author Profile – Val Kovalin

  1. Tam

    Yay guinea pigs. :-)

    Don’t forget, Val LOVES a stong sense of place. You’ll win her over that way as a reviewer and it’s definitely come through in her books.

    Congrats on your upcoming book Val. Looking forward to reading it. Love anything with tattoos. ;-)

    1. Val Kovalin

      Hi, Tam! Guinea pigs are so endearing. I think it’s their anxious little faces, ha, ha!

      How cool that you’d notice and point out my love for a strong sense of place! It’s definitely something to keep me reading/reviewing an author’s books. I’m hoping I can pull it off with this south Texas location because I’m not nearly as familiar with it as I am with the southwestern US.

      Wow, you and tattoos? I didn’t know that was a favorite. I guess I learn something new each day. :)

  2. Wave Post author

    Tam
    I tried to stay away from Val’s reviewing since this post is about her writing.

    I can’t imagine being fond of reptiles (makes me cringe). Wonder what she collects in the way of “unusual junk?” Maybe she’ll elaborate. :)

    1. Val Kovalin

      Wave, thank you so much! This profile looks great and is much appreciated. :)

      As for the reptiles, I understand your position, ha, ha! If you’re used to big dogs, reptiles are not going seem nearly as intelligent or affectionate. I’m fond of turtles — there’s a prehistoric quality about them that I find fascinating.

      Unusual junk? I tried to think of the weirdest thing I have, and couldn’t come up with anything that interesting. I think if it’s small junk (like fits in the palm of my hand) I can justify keeping it and not feeling too guilty about clutter.

      For example, I have a bag of tiny wrist-watch gears intended for making steampunk-themed jewelry. Haven’t done it yet. ;)

    1. Val Kovalin

      Chris, thank you! It did turn out to be an eclectic mix. :) All I knew at first was that it needed to have a masquerade ball scene. Then I thought of south Texas. Next the parenting theme surfaced. Then all those other things manifested themselves. The guinea pigs came last of all, ha, ha!

  3. Lily

    Tattoos, body art, Texas and guinea pigs among other things? Sounds great! I’m looking forward to reading the new story when it comes out.

  4. Kathy B

    You had me at tattoos… Seriously, the forthcoming book sounds very intriguing, and I am looking forward to it.

      1. Kathy B

        Huge fan of tattoos! I am hitting the trifeca with your upcoming book-tattoos (sigh, drool), raising a kid, and it’s set in TX!! Cannot wait!

  5. K. Z. Snow

    Oh, I do love an imaginative mix of characters and plot elements! ;-)

    And guinea pigs. They’re as gentle and demure as heroines in inspy romances. (I wonder if they blush.) :-)

    1. Val Kovalin

      Hi, K.Z.! This new one is ending up a pretty amazing jumble of elements. And guinea pigs! They look like such tender-hearted little creatures. I can understand why kids like them. :)

    1. Val Kovalin

      Thank you, Katrina! I do indeed have reptiles, several turtles. Most are hibernating in the back yard right now (otherwise known as their six-month dirt nap). We have a baby turtle inside the house right now along with an older turtle who never quite grasped the concept of hibernation. We also have a toad indoors that we’ll space out and refer to as one of the reptiles even though she’s an amphibian. ;)

  6. Feliz

    Hi Val *waves*
    However do you come up with those mixes? Tattoos and guinea pigs, Judaism and Asatru…do you know the saying: Your mind’s like a magpie’s nest? Everytime you shake it, there’s something shiny tumbling out…

    1. Val Kovalin

      Hi, Feliz! I really like that magpie nest metaphor. I have so many ideas that I want to explore, and the more I research, the more the ideas pile up! The Judaism and Asatru do not surprise me too much because there’s nothing like being raised by atheists to get someone like me interested in religion. ;) Now the guinea pigs and the tattoos, those were unexpected, ha, ha!

  7. Eden Winters

    Val, having had iguanas, lizards, snakes, and turtles as pets, I can understand the appeal of reptiles. I’ve also had pet guinea pigs and hamsters (and goats, horses, chickens, ducks, cows…) I’m also a big fan of yours. I loved Wicked Cool and hope for the editing smoke to clear soon so that I can read Trinity Trespass. New story on the horizon? Congrats!

    1. Val Kovalin

      Wow, thank you, Eden! That is immensely flattering to have you say you’re a fan! The admiration is mutual. :) And it sounds like you’ve had even more interesting pets than I’ve had! I’ve always thought goats would be fun to keep.

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