I'm a down home country girl! I've lived my entire life in Tornado Alley, ridden my horse over hundreds of miles of beautiful country and I'm not afraid of getting a little dirty. In addition to riding my horses and being outdoors, I love to lose myself in a good book. A well spun plot with lots of twists, a little romance and a measure of humor to offset the tension is my favorite recipe. From historical romance to paranormal mysteries, a good book will open the imagination!
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Smashwords book reviews by Becky McKenna
- The Finding
on Feb. 14, 2011
Loved it!!! Didn't put it down from start to finish! Love the characters and how the plots continue to develop! Please keep writing! I just love this series and enjoyed each book so much!!
on Jan. 11, 2012
FANTASTIC!!! Barely sat this down and was completely drawn into the plot! Love the Lycan series you have created and can't wait for more!!!
- Bubba and the Zigzaggery Zombies
on Jan. 15, 2014
I was hooked from the first Bubba book! The characters are so colorful, as is the community of Pegramville. What a fun world you've created for your readers! Thank you for another entertaining story! Seeing a glimpse of Bubba with Carlotta and Blanca was so cute! Books that cause me to snort hysterically are rare and this series is a true pleasure! I still find myself chuckling randomly over the fainting goats in 12 Deadly Days. Thanks again for the escape from day to day humdrums! I will try to be patient as I wait for the next one!
- The Lawman
on Feb. 16, 2014
This was a very enjoyable read and I really liked the chemistry between the couple. Couldn't put it down! I went on to buy the next three books and fell in love with the Avery family. Looking forward to reading His Brother's Wife.
Well worth the $ spent on the series. Great work!
- The Officer and the Bostoner (Western Historical Romance)
on March 07, 2014
I'm a big fan of historical/western romance and this was a pleasant read. I thought Wes was a likable guy, upstanding, noble and kind. I really enjoyed his character and the banter he shared with Allison. Allison's prideful ways frustrated me a bit in the beginning, but she came around towards the end of the story. Wes probably wouldn't have fallen for her if she were a complete pushover.
While I liked the book, it wasn't a page turner for me and I found myself putting it down a lot. It was still worth the time I took to read it and I was glad I finished it. I am curious about the other three officers and will return to the series to find out how they fair in their searches for love.
- Death Twitches: A Lake People Novel
on Oct. 27, 2015
Ah...I so enjoy this series. I found Ms. Bevill's work a few years back while still in my Indie reading phase. She's one of several Indie authors I still follow as she captured my attention with her stories. Death Twitches is the fourth...and very eagerly awaited...installment of the Lake People Series. While Disembodied Bones remains my favorite to date, I enjoyed meeting new members of La Famille and seeing what trouble they were into this time.
There are plenty of characters here that you'll love to hate, but the secondary character that stood out to me is actually a good guy. Joey was a riot. Regardless of where we were in the story, he put a smile on my face!
Mila, our heroine, is a strong and independent young woman, yet very likable. You won't find a TSTL heroine in a Bevill book - at least I haven't yet. Mila's mother has a severe drug addiction, so it's up to our young heroine to support the family (which includes a younger brother). She does this by using her psychic gift and playing poker. Of course, this is a disaster waiting to happen. Enter Rousseau, one of the Lake People from Unknown, Louisiana. He's a likable guy who is fresh out of college and still not quite sure what he plans to do with his future. He's "heard" Mila for years, but when the volume suddenly cranks up, it's time to find her. Mila's life depends on it.
This series isn't your typical paranormal mystery with vampires or zombies, which is just one reason I'm drawn to it. The supernatural elements are more subtle. They don't dominate the story or the characters, but compliment them. I also really enjoy how Ms. Bevill weaves events from previous stories into this plot. You don't have to read those books first to understand this one and this book won't ruin those stories for you; however, if you're up to date on the series you'll get an extra punch of enjoyment. I personally loved it! Especially considering two of my favorite couples make appearances.
The pacing was good and there is always a sense of urgency. The book really takes off fast and when I reached the peak, I was flying through my virtual e-pages like a mad woman. I have to say, when it comes to creating places for her big scenes, Bevill's mind is a wicked scary place. You'll just have to read the book on that one. Personally, I still have nightmares about the house in Part I of Disembodied Bones. She knows her stuff and can write thrilling suspense scenes with the best of them! There are a few typos here and there, but I really didn't care since I'm invested in the series. It's hard enough to self-publish without the grammar police on your case.
I highly recommend giving this series a try!