techno crazed

Cover for Jungle Heat + Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July everyone! I hope you all enjoy yourselves with some grilling and fireworks.

Two things to take care of today. One of which is the fact that Techno Crazed is on the list of Best Book Covers for 2011! Please go vote to show your support at Goodreads! The other is that I promised something great on Twitter when I got home, and today’s a perfect day to share it! I have the gorgeous cover for my next book Jungle Heat!

Jungle Heat (The Amazon Chronicles, #1)

I hope you all enjoy it. Let me know what you think!

Links from the Blog Tour

If you’re interested, here’s the list of my where I was on the Techno Crazed blog tour. I enjoyed seeing everyone there! I’ll begin building a blog tour list for my upcoming release Jungle Heat soon, so stay tuned for that.

6/3: Savvy Authors : Utilizing What Makes You Happy
6/6: Goddess Fish Promotions Monthly Release Party : Story Behind Techno Crazed’s Publication
6/9: RWA’s Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal Chapter : Developing a Futuristic World
6/10: Coffee Time Romance : Promo
6/13: Gabriella Hewitt : The Do’s and Don’ts of Caring for Gnomes
6/14: Julia Rachel Barrett : Finding Inspiration
6/15: Interview @ Clancy Metzger
6/15: Interview @ Darcy Drake
6/16: Castles & Guns : Techno Crazed, a little shameless self promotion
6/17: Romance Reader at Heart + Giveaway : Adding a Little Humor
6/17: Fang-tastic Books : Technomancy and Magic
6/21: Bella Street : Determination
6/22: Kinley Baker : What is Cyberpunk?
6/23: Release Party @ The Romance Studio
6/26: The Speculative Salon : Reading, A Valuable Tool for Writers

And I’m Off…

… to New York for the Romance Writers of America National Conference with a ton of other writers, approximately 2,000 or so. Oh boy! I’m more than a little nervous. Monday was spent packing, packing, and buying some last minute things.

As for some parting news, Jungle Heat, the first book in my The Amazon Chronicles series, is scheduled to be released at the end of July from Changeling Press.

Here’s the blurb…

An Amazon Princess and a weretiger must find enough love to heal their peoples’ painful history.

The Amazon Rainforest still contains a few secrets. One of these secrets is a hidden village of women whose history is filled with the horror of conquering men.

Adara Rukan, princess of the Amazons, ventures away from her village to find something waiting for her. Andrei “Rei” Makarov is a weretiger and a biologist on assignment. Can Rei and Adara find love enough to bridge their two separate worlds?

I’ll see everyone here again next week! Try not to miss me too much, okay?

In the meantime, make sure to add Techno Crazed to your Goodreads TBR pile and buy it now!

Techno Crazed (Hacked Investigations, #1)

P.S. I’ll be tweeting from the conference (or trying to) if you’re interested, follow me on Twitter. @sarahmakela

HCRW Blog Chain — I’m being interviewed…

…by the hero of Techno Crazed!

I’m participating in a blog chain with my fellow Heart of Carolina Romance Writers this month, and it’s my turn to post! This is my first time doing a blog chain, but it seems pretty exciting!

The theme is…

Have one of your characters, from one of your stories (any! Novel, short, flash…) interview YOU!

Part one: Describe your interviewer (your character) in 50 words or less.

Part two: The interview. Use whatever method you like (Q&A, story, strict prose, etc.), but write it as if you were being interviewed — ‘you’ being the subject.

The Character…

Ian Bradley is hero from Techno Crazed. He’s a tall, muscular, sexy technomage who worked as an IT Security Expert for his former employer MAX Home Security. He is now a freelance hacker. His home is well-fortified. He might be a little paranoid, but that doesn’t mean they’re not out to get him. He’s also a coffee addict.

The Interview…

I walk into a coffee shop and sit in a booth. After a few minutes, a tall, broad shouldered man with brown hair walks in quickly and sits across from me.

“I don’t have a lot of time for this.” He glances over his shoulder. “Let’s begin.”

I frown. “If you want, we could resched–“

“No, it’s fine. So what’s the book about?” Ian asks.

“It’s uhh…” He’s making me nervous and slightly paranoid too. I glance out the window and see a few guys in suits lingering. Are they just workers on their lunch, or could they be spies or assassins?

“Keep your eyes on me. If you look around they’ll notice. So, the book?” His tone is more calm as if he’s putting in the effort for me.

I look back at him and smile, gazing into his brown eyes. “It’s about a technomage has to protect his ex-girlfriend from his former employer while having deliciously hot love scenes.” Whoops, did I say that out loud?

He cocks an eyebrow at me. “What an interesting read. That guy would have to be pretty experienced to pull that off.” His voice edges toward husky.

I grin, and my gaze drifts over him. “He certainly is.”

“I have another question.” Any traces of huskiness leave, and he gives me a somewhat stern look.

My heart races in my chest. “What question?”

“What’s with the gnome? Why did you have to pair me with him?” He crosses his arms.

My jaw drops, and I quickly sit up straight. “Well, he’s funny and provides comedic relief, and I thought it was a cool idea.”

He just cocks an eyebrow at me again. His face is devoid of humor. I guess he doesn’t share my opinion.

My eye catches movement from outside, and the men in suits are starting to walk toward the coffee shop. I stare back at him to see he’s scooting out of the booth.

“Don’t tell them anything about our conversation here. I’ll be in touch.” He tosses a couple of bills on the table even though he didn’t have any coffee, which is a shock really since he loves coffee.

He seems to notice my expression and smirks. “Have a cup for me, and you better be working on the sequel. Bye.”

I nod and wave to him, not saying a word that the money will be spent on a Frappuccino instead of a cup of black coffee. He’d probably take his money back. But he’s right. I’m working on the next book in the series. Hopefully, he’ll like it.

He darts through a door that says employees only.

The men in suits burst through the door and chase after him.

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Full list of participants:
Aimee Laine : http://www.aimeelaine.com/blog
Lyla Dune : http://lyladune.com/blog.html
Carol Strickland : http://carolastrickland.blogspot.com/
Amy Corwin : http://amycorwin.blogspot.com/
Lilly Gayle : http://www.lillygayleromance.blogspot.com/
Rebekkah Niles : http://juturnafaerthing.blogspot.com/
Laura Browning : http://www.laurabrowningbooks.blogspot.com/
Andris Bear : http://andrisbear.wordpress.com/
Marcia Colette : http://marciacolette.wordpress.com/
Nancy Badger : http://www.nancylennea-inlove.blogspot.com
Sarah Mäkelä : http://blog.sarahmakela.com <– Me!
Jennifer Harrington : http://www.romanceadventures.blogspot.com/
Scott Berger : http://romanticadventurestories.wordpress.com/

It’s Official!

Techno Crazed is now available! Woohoo! Below is the blurb, excerpt and buy link.

ISBN: 978-1-60521-649-2
Genre(s): Futuristic, Paranormal, Action Adventure/ Suspense, Sci-Fi, Cyber-Punk
Theme(s): Magic
Series: Hacked Investigations
Length: Novella

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Private investigator Hannah Franklin’s life is turned upside down after being contacted by a former employee of MAX Home Security, the leader in security services. But they’re not just protecting people anymore. Hannah’s informant claims to have proof that MAX has ordered the assassination of politicians who stood against the corporation.

When her informant is killed and an attempt is made on her life, Hannah has no choice but to contact a freelance hacker. Her only hope now lies in the hands of a man she never expected to welcome back into her life.

Ian Bradley has lost his girlfriend and his job, as well as having acquired a very annoying gnome. Now his ex, Hannah, is in danger, and she needs his help. Ian vows to protect Hannah with every resource available to him — and as a technomage in a high-tech world, his resources are almost endless…

Excerpt:

Hacked Investigations 1: Techno Crazed
Sarah Mäkelä
All rights reserved.
Copyright ©2011 Sarah Mäkelä

This e-book file contains sexually explicit scenes and adult language which some may find offensive and which is not appropriate for a young audience. Changeling Press E-Books are for sale to adults, only, as defined by the laws of the country in which you made your purchase. Please store your files wisely, where they cannot be accessed by under-aged readers.

A loud, metallic click sounded from the other side of the room. Then footsteps raced around the couch.

“Hannah? Are you okay?” Ian’s voice drew her gaze to his concerned face.

“What did you do? What are you?” She gulped, unsure if she wanted an answer to that.

He frowned, and a muscle clenched in his jaw. “I’m a technomage. I use and simulate magic through technology.”

“What?” She pressed the back of her hand to her forehead. Pain formed at her temples. “Whoa. How long have you… ?”

“Since puberty. My mother was also a technomage.” He shrugged a shoulder. “It’s always been part of who I am. I’m just pretty good at hiding it.”

She blinked. Wow, his mother had seemed so normal when she’d met his parents. Had she really known him? He seemed like a stranger. No, she wouldn’t throw away their memories together because he’d hidden part of himself. She wouldn’t do that to him. Or she’d try not to, at least. “Were you ever going to tell me? Like if things had progressed between us?”

He helped her up and grabbed the blanket, keeping her covered. “I would have, eventually. Wouldn’t be nice of me to do otherwise, you know?”

She nodded and stared into his brown eyes. “I’ve missed you.”

He released a breath and rested his forehead against hers. “I’ve missed you too. God, I really screwed things up, didn’t I?”

Placing her hand against his chest, she angled her face to brush her lips against his. “We both did.”

Ian ran his hand through her hair, cupping the back of her head before deepening the kiss. His mouth possessed hers like a thirsty man at a well. He always kissed hard and desperately, and she loved it.

Ian scooped her into his arms, making her feel desirable. He carried her into the bedroom and kicked the door shut. Crossing the room, he set her down and ran his hands over her neck, shoulders, and down to her hips.

“You’re so beautiful, Hannah. I missed out on a lot when –“

“Hush. Don’t think about that. We’re together now.” She drew his face down to hers, kissing him.

He held himself over her, obviously being careful of her wounded state. She appreciated that, but part of her didn’t care about the injury, she just needed him.

He stiffened and glanced over his shoulder, looking at the door. She followed his gaze to see the gnome peeking inside.

“Sorry to disturb the party. As much as I’d like to listen to you two HAVE SEX, there’s stuff to be done!” Bernard looked as happy as ever, and she so wanted to wipe that cheerfulness off his face.

Yet he was right. Damn it. She still needed to check out the donut shop. There was a possibility they might find evidence of a struggle that they could bring to the police. But hadn’t she heard a couple weeks back about someone spreading rumors of police involvement with MAX Home Security? Ian rolled next to her and placed his hands over his face. He let out a ragged sigh. “Fine. We’ll be out in a moment.”

“No more SEX!” The gnome slammed the door behind him.

“Why do you put up with him?” she asked.

“I don’t know. He tends to be okay. Most of the time, that is.” He propped up on his elbow and ran a fingertip along her arm. “He’s dangerous, though. Don’t antagonize him. He causes suicide. That’s what happened to his previous owner. I happened to be nearby, and Bernard started following me no matter what I did.”

“How do you keep him from killing you?” Hannah frowned.

“I keep him happy enough. Besides, my power doesn’t let him impact me much.” He glanced back at the door. “Unfortunately, we need to get going before he bursts in here again.”

She nodded and stared down at the quilt. “Would be easier if I had something to wear. I saw your living room floor; you cut my blouse off.”

He sighed. “Right. Well, I can give you some sweatpants and a T-shirt. Guess we’ll need to do some clothes shopping.” Cocking an eyebrow at her, he smiled. “Not that I mind.”

“Okay, what did you do to the Ian I know? You used to hate when I took you shopping.” She grinned.

Ian shrugged. “I’m just glad to do stuff with you now. I’m not like I used to be.” He glared at the door before glancing back at her. “Trust me.”

“I do.” She nodded. “With my life.”

His lips thinned into a pink line. “I’m going to do everything I can to make you safe again. I swear.” He caressed his thumb along her jaw line and brushed his lips against hers once more before getting out of bed.

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Cover for Techno Crazed!

Normally, I use Mondays for writing topics, but… today, I have the cover art for Techno Crazed! Yay! It is so awesome, and I’m super pleased with it.

I was talking with one of my critique partners the other night, and there’s just something so special about actually seeing the cover art (at least a cover you enjoy). It helps solidify the fact that yes, you’re an author. Here’s something to be proud of and show others.

Okay, okay… I’ll get on with the reveal now. Ta-da! *grins*

Techno Crazed (Hacked Investigations, #1)

Technomancy

Wow, it’s June already! I can hardly believe it. Sorry about no post on Monday. I spent some time with family. As you all probably know, my cyberpunk romance book Techno Crazed is coming out June 17th, so today’s Into the Paranormal topic is related.

Wikipedia’s definition of Technomancy is “magical abilities that affect technology, or to magical powers that are gained through the use of technology.” This kind of magic can be found in books that cross between science fiction and fantasy (ahem… cyberpunk *grins*) genres. The word technomancy mixes “technology” and “-mancy,” which comes from the Greek work manteia meaning divination. A user of this kind of magic is a technomancer or technomage. 

There seems to be two kinds of technomancy. One kind is non-mystical technomancy. In that universe, things are strictly scientific. Characters might gain magic-like powers through technology, but they don’t possess magical powers outright. Examples of this type of world would be Babylon 5 (TV show), Mass Effect (video game), and Shadowrun (role-playing game).

The second kind is non-scientific technomancy. This type of universe equips magical objects that operate like technology. This kind of magic is sometimes called “industrial magic.” Examples include Harry Potter where owls act as the postal system (among other things) and Dungeons & Dragons’ Eberron campaign where spirits power vehicles.

Techno Crazed‘s world uses the non-scientific method technology in that there is real magic that the hero and other characters utilize.

Interesting Tidbit:

  • One of the earliest appearances of the term is in the short story “Technomancy” by Steve Martindale in the magazine Aboriginal Science Fiction.
  • Technomancy was used by Willow in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Pretty cool! I didn’t remember that.
What do you think about Technomancy? Seems pretty cool, doesn’t it?