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Romance Madness Hop

Welcome, welcome! I’m participating in the Romance Madness Hop by The Romance Reviews. The blog hop is going on from January 25-29. For the hop, I’ll be giving away a reader’s choice ebook from my backlist.

One of my favorite books that I’ve written is definitely Skin Deep. The relationship between the hero and the heroine melted my heart. Connor O’Reilly is the mix of good guy/bad boy that I would not mind marrying at all! His dedication to Angelique and having her in his life regardless of the potential consequences and the fact she left him without telling him why. *fans self* Plus, look at that cover… such a hot muscular torso! Mmmm!

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Passions sizzle even between a feline and a wolf…

Angelique had no idea her black panther tattoo would force her to abandon the love of her life—Connor O’Reilly—but she’s determined to keep him safe no matter how much it hurts. Her tattoo doubles as her feline familiar: loving, protective, dangerous, and with a life of its own. It’s also her deepest secret and draws enemies who desire its power for themselves.

Connor has no idea why Angelique left him, but he’s determined to win her back. As a werewolf, he has secrets of his own. Now his alpha is ready to force him to pair with an ex-girlfriend he can’t stand unless he can find Angelique and claim her as his mate. But even as their secrets threaten to keep them apart, hidden enemies seek to destroy their chance at love forever.

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News Bytes

Hey everyone. Yes, I’m back with even more news! Skin Deep and Her Christmas Elf have gotten more great reviews!

“I always love curling up on a cold day when no one’s home but me & the pooch with a good book. Skin Deep was one of those books.” – Readaholic’s Reviews

 Her Christmas Elf received 4.5 stars from Romance Junkies!

“Sarah Mäkelä’s contribution to Changeling Press’s SANTA’S HELPERS line incorporates the magic and wonder of the holiday for a sinfully delightful read.  Vera and Pekka’s romance is quick and intense yet still fun and whimsical.” – Chrissy, Romance Junkies

Also, I’ll be participating in The Romance Reviews’ Romance Madness Hop. I’d love to see you all back here then!

Quick reminder, make sure to visit by one of my Skin Deep tour stops for a chance to win a $10 Amazon Gift card and a copy of Skin Deep. I’ll also be at The Romance Studio’s Release Party tomorrow with another chance to win a copy of Skin Deep.

Guest Author April Angel

Stranded Temptation
April Angel

Blurb

Stranded together, their passions will run wild.

Kara has a deep dislike for her boss, Max. She also wants him so badly it’s making her nuts. He’s a workaholic, a robot man. And he’s never shown the least bit of interest in her or anything else that wasn’t recorded in the corporate minutes. But when their plane crashes on the way to a meeting, leaving them stranded on a deserted island…just the two of them, all alone with all that ocean around them…Kara decides it’s time to start living. And by living, she means using Max for all the hot sex she’s been denied.

Max wants Kara—has wanted her for a long time. Unable to come out and cross the line between professional and personal, he makes her accompany him on business trips just to have her around. When they crash land and Kara shows him how much she wants him, he decides to quit being so professional and take the woman of his dreams. After all, what happens in the middle of nowhere, stays in the middle of nowhere. Until they’re rescued.

Back in the real world, things aren’t as easy. Kara is afraid to start a relationship with a man who completely ignored her until she took off her clothes, and Max is afraid she’ll never be able to trust him. But when someone makes it clear that Kara’s in danger, Max has more to protect than Kara’s feelings. And now that he has her, he’s not about to let her go.

Excerpt:
Gentleness she’d never noticed before in Max was evident in his eyes. She watched him curl his large hand over her much smaller one. Her heart beat so loudly in her ears she feared he might hear it. He brought her hand to his lips and kissed it. Fire roared in her blood, and her breath hitched. He turned her hand over and brushed a warm, firm kiss over her palm while they stared at each other.

“I’d never put you in danger.” Deepened to rough gravel, the sound of his voice made her pussy throb and blood thicken in her veins.

Somehow she knew what he said was the truth. “Kiss me, Max.”

The words were barely out of her lips when he dragged her onto his lap and their lips met in desperation. Her arms twined around his neck. Pulling him closer, she brought her chest flush to his. Heat took over every cell of her body. His kiss devoured her. Lord, the man was a kissing god. With soft strokes of his tongue, he caressed the inside of her mouth. Whimpering in the back of her throat, she moved restlessly on his lap. The long, steel length of his cock was poking at her ass. He glided his hands under her top, making her belly flesh quiver. When his warm hands touched her skin, desire increased inside her tenfold. Breaths turned to pants. Her body thrummed with arousal. She tuned everything but the sight of him out of her mind.

She pulled back and smiled. “I want you, Max.”

He frowned and took a deep breath. “Kara, you’re in shock—”

Determined, she shook her head and cut him off. “No, Max. I’m alive.”

She smiled again and pulled off her top. Her bra was now the only barrier between her breasts and his hands. Swollen into tight points, the peaks of her nipples called for his touch under the satiny material. A combination of lust, hunger, and desperation flared in his eyes. His usually light gray eyes darkened to that of a murky, stormy day.

“Fuck, Kara. I want you too, but I don’t have condoms.”

Air fought its way into her lungs. “I’m clean and on birth control.”

He continued to frown. “I’m clean too, but are you sure?”

In a smooth move worthy of any professional stripper, her hand reached behind her back, unsnapped her bra, and pulled it off. “Fuck me, Max. I want you inside me, right now.”

His hands curled around her head and held her immobile. Raw hunger made her body shudder. Their kiss turned into a greedy need to consume each other. Moisture gathered in her pussy, and an incessant throbbing took hold between her thighs. In a frantic mating, their tongues danced, rubbed, and curled over each other until passion overrode all else. Blind lust shot through her when she rocked her hips over his hard cock.

He kissed wet trails from her jaw to her breasts until he was sucking on one of her erect nipples. Her pussy clenched when he enveloped her breast with his firm lips. Soaked in her cream, her thong became a new point of friction on her swollen pussy lips. She tore at his shirt. A wanton urgency took hold of her and guided her actions. To feel his skin on hers became her only mission.

When he helped her take the shirt off, she splayed her hands over his bulging shoulders and sighed. When his warm muscles contracted, she groaned. He was a work of art. His chest was corded with muscles and bronzed to perfection. Just looking at him made her pant. Whimpers rushed past her lips when his teeth grazed her turgid nipple.

“Oh, yes. Do that again.”

Again, he sucked and then nipped at the tight bud. She moaned and pushed her chest further into his face. He released her nipple from his lips and rolled the wet tip between his finger and thumb, tweaking the sensitive flesh while his mouth latched onto the other one for a taste. She dug her nails into his shoulders, holding him in her grip while rocking her hips over his cock. Movement made her open her eyes. Max had made the seat flatten back so that it was the size of a double bed.

A smile curled her lips when she gazed into his almost-black eyes. He motioned for her to stand. Once she did, he moved his hands to her white pants and slowly pulled the linen material, along with her thong, down her legs. With every inch of skin he exposed, he placed a kiss on a body part. First it was her stomach. Then it was her hip when he lowered the material down her legs. Her knee came next and finally her calf. Afterward he kissed his way back up to her stomach. She groaned and stood in place. He licked circles on her stomach and around her belly button. He caressed her breasts, down the sides of her breasts to her waist, and squeezed the flare of her hips. She took a choppy breath. He fluttered his fingertips down from her hips toward her core, and she bit her lip to keep from moaning. When he massaged her thighs, she was ready to beg him to touch her. Before she had a chance to, he moved a hand between her legs and dipped his fingers between her waxed pussy lips.

He groaned. “Fuck, Kara. You’re so hot and wet. Is that for me, baby?”

“God, yes. Just for you.” She moaned.

Each dip of his fingers into her wet sex made her whimper louder.

He stood, and she had to tilt her head back to look him in the eye. His eyes were sexy, stormy. He put his arms around her waist and held her tight to him. Their hearts beat in a furious, identical gallop. He switched their positions and pushed her to lie on the bed.

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Amazon.com
http://www.amazon.com/Stranded-Temptation-ebook/dp/B00AK0L9QY/ref=pd_rhf_gw_p_t_1
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http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/stranded-temptation-april-angel/1113910063

Author Bio:
Want to know about me? April Angel (aka Milly Taiden) was born in the prettiest part of the Caribbean known as the Dominican Republic. She grew up between New York, Florida and Massachusetts. Currently, she resides in New York City with her husband, bossy young son and their little dog Speedy.

She’s addicted to shopping for shoes, chocolate (but who isn’t?) and Dunkin Donuts coffee.

A bookworm when she can get her hands on a good story, she loves reading all Mina Carter, Cynthia Eden, Laurann Dohner and Dianne Duvall among others.

Contact Info.
Email: millytaiden@gmail.com
Website:  http://www.millytaiden.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/millytaidenauthor
Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/millytaiden

Other Books by April Angel:
Mr. Buff

As Milly Taiden
Sharp Change
Halloween Heat III – Mate Event
Fate’s Wish
Wynter’s Captive – coming soon

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Skin Deep Book Tour

Hey everyone! In a few days, the Skin Deep Blog Tour begins! On the tour, you’ll have a chance to win: a $10 Amazon Gift Card or an eBook copy of Skin Deep. An additional prize will be available at the TRS Party on the 24th.

Here is the schedule:

January 14th — My Home Away From Home

January 15th — Books Books and More Books

January 15th — Books & Tales

January 16th — BookShelves Of Dreams

January 17th — Vivi Dumas

January 18th — Book Lovin’ Mamas

January 18th — Storm Goddess Book Reviews

January 19th —Regina May Ross’s Blog

January 20th — A Writer’s Mind

January 21th — Victoria Danann

January 22th — Readaholic’s Reviews

January 23th — Grave Tells

January 23th — Indie Paranormal Book Reviews

**January 24th — The Romance Studio

January 24th — Paranormal Book Reviews & Book Tours

January 24th — Happy Tails and Tales

January 25th — Immortality and Beyond

January 26th — Reading Between the Wines

January 26th — Krystal’s Enchanting Reads

January 26th — Musings From An Addicted Reader

January 27th — Words of Wisdom from The Scarf Princess

January 27th — Buffy’s Ramblings

January 28th — Crazy Four Books

January 28th — Jodie Pierce

I hope to see you guys out there on tour! Let’s have fun and win some prizes!

**Not part of the official book tour

The Next Big Thing

Angela Myers, tagged me for The Next Big Thing, a series of blogs by authors from many different genres and parts of the country—or world. Each author answers the same ten questions. Below, read my answers:

1) What is the working title of your next book? (or it can be your latest release)

The title of one of my latest releases is Skin Deep.

2) Where did the idea for the book come from?

The idea for Skin Deep came from a love of werewolves, magic, and wanting to get a black panther tattoo.

3) What genre does your book fall under?

Skin Deep is a steamy paranormal romance.

4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

If I were to cast it into a movie, I know Connor O’Reilly would be Channing Tatum. Angelique Trinette would be Amanda Seyfried except with dark hair.

5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Passions sizzle even between a feline and a wolf…

6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

Skin Deep was published by Etopia Press.

7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

It took me thirteen days to write the first draft of Skin Deep.

8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

I’m really not sure. I haven’t read any other stories like this one.

9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I first took the leap because a publisher put out a call for submissions that fit this story perfectly, so I knew it’d be a great time to write it with that opportunity there. But in the end, Angelique and Connor made the story. They inspired me.

10) What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?

Angelique had no idea her black panther tattoo would force her to abandon the love of her life—Connor O’Reilly—but she’s determined to keep him safe no matter how much it hurts. Her tattoo doubles as her feline familiar: loving, protective, dangerous, and with a life of its own. It’s also her deepest secret and draws enemies who desire its power for themselves.

Connor has no idea why Angelique left him, but he’s determined to win her back. As a werewolf, he has secrets of his own. Now his alpha is ready to force him to pair with an ex-girlfriend he can’t stand unless he can find Angelique and claim her as his mate. But even as their secrets threaten to keep them apart, hidden enemies seek to destroy their chance at love forever.

Buy Links

Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Skin-Deep-Feral-Ink-ebook/dp/B00A3Y9RTI/
Barnes & Noble – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/skin-deep-sarah-makela/1113767080?ean=2940015912227
Kobo – http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Skin-Deep/book-GQv0RrtoWE2aY5mvN5yDfg/page1.html?s=WNPRhL3IFka_MrNhOBHM6A&r=1
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Skin Deep is Here!

Hey everyone! Sorry I’ve been so quiet here on my blog. I’ve been pretty busy, and today’s news is one of the reasons why. I’m very excited to announce that Skin Deep is now available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and All Romance eBooks! Hooray!

Skin Deep
Sarah Makela
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: Novella
Word Count: 24,821
Page Count: 112
Price: 3.99
ISBN: 978-1-939194-25-1
Heat Level: 3
Warnings: none
Editor: Rachel Firasek
Cover Artist: Valerie Tibbs
Release Date: 11/9

Angelique had no idea her black panther tattoo would force her to abandon the love of her life—Connor O’Reilly—but she’s determined to keep him safe no matter how much it hurts. Her tattoo doubles as her feline familiar: loving, protective, dangerous, and with a life of its own. It’s also her deepest secret and draws enemies who desire its power for themselves.


Connor has no idea why Angelique left him, but he’s determined to win her back. As a werewolf, he has secrets of his own. Now his alpha is ready to force him to pair with an ex-girlfriend he can’t stand unless he can find Angelique and claim her as his mate. But even as their secrets threaten to keep them apart, hidden enemies seek to destroy their chance at love forever.

Excerpt:

Angelique wrapped her arms around his neck, sinking into the warm sensation that being around Connor stirred inside her. She froze, knowing this might not be what was best for her, but with him being here—so close, and apparently so ready too—she didn’t know if she had it in her to turn him away.

Connor pulled back a little, concern darkening his eyes. “Tell me if you don’t want this.”

She opened her mouth to refuse him, to distance herself, but the words wouldn’t come. What was the problem with giving in? She leaned forward, pushing her fingers into his dark blond hair. Her lips met his, and he groaned.

He gripped her hips, tugging her forward on the counter, pressing her close to him. Close enough to feel his hard cock hiding beneath his suit pants. They’d never gone this far before in their relationship. She hadn’t let him get close because of Kira, but Kira wasn’t a problem right now.

Angelique smiled against his lips and pushed off Connor’s suit jacket, letting it fall to the kitchen floor. He stepped back a little, grabbing for her jacket. She let him unzip it and toss it to the floor next to his. His hands brushed over her torso from just under her breasts, over her stomach, and down to the hem of her undershirt. She sucked in a breath as his warm hands met her skin.

He slowly slid the top up and watched her face. She should stop him, but she didn’t want to. Sharing this with him, regardless of what came after, would be a delicious birthday present.

She lifted her arms, and he slipped the shirt over her head, revealing her bare chest. She’d been at home for the night and hadn’t worn a bra.

His eyes burned with lust, and she noticed a tick in his jaw as if he were struggling to control himself. He didn’t need to think she was made of glass. This wasn’t her first time.

She tugged his shirt out of his pants and worked the buttons from the holes. Underneath the silk was a finely chiseled chest. His workout regime must be relentless.

Connor chuckled, and she glanced up at him, cocking an eyebrow. “What?”

“That look on your face. You’re almost drooling.” He smirked. “I like that.”

“I am not.” Angelique shoved against his chest, but he didn’t budge an inch. His muscular pecs beckoned her. She slid her hands over that hot expanse of skin toward his belt. Her lips pressed against his chest, and she trailed kisses over it.

Connor’s chuckle faded and turned into a groan. He planted his hands on the counter beside her knees, staying there and not moving away from her lips. “I want you, Angel.” His husky voice was a near whisper.

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News Bytes – SKIN DEEP is contracted!

Copyright (c) 123RF Stock Photos

Hey everyone!

I’ve been quiet and pretty busy lately since I’ve had a lot of things going on. Hubby’s birthday, a nice vacation in Las Vegas (woot!), a blistering sunburn and a cold… wait… those aren’t good things lol, and my five year anniversary was yesterday.

I’m really excited to announce that SKIN DEEP, a steamy paranormal romance, is contracted with Etopia Press! WOOHOO!! I’m thrilled to be working with them. Currently, I’m going through the whirlwind of blurbs, taglines, and cover art ideas. Yay!

Here’s the 50-word pitch I used to give you an idea what Skin Deep is about. This pitch helped get me a request from my editor, Rachel Firasek! 🙂

After a painful break up with the love of his life, Connor (a werewolf) is set on winning back Angelique regardless of the power she possesses. He has a secret of his own, which may wedge another gap between him and his flighty ex-girlfriend, but answers are the least of their concerns. 

Woot! Thanks for celebrating with me!

EDIT: Blacklist Rogue is up for DRB1stChp’s Best of June 2012 for Cover and First Chapter! I’d love your vote. 🙂