Flash Fiction Friday – Joining the Mile High Club

Hey everyone! Here’s another installment of Flash Fiction Friday. The prompt was from the Changeling Press Reader’s Group: You just got caught joining (or trying to join) the mile high club. 

I’d love to hear what you think!


Joining the Mile High Club
Sarah Mäkelä

Slipping into the airplane’s bathroom, I couldn’t stop thinking about the hunky flight attendant. My body trembled as I thought of what he might be like in bed. I slid my skirt up to touch myself, hooking my fingers inside my panties.

Did this count for joining the Mile High Club? She huffed. Maybe for the lonely loser’s club.

The door flew open, and I tried to catch it. My foot slipped, and I fell into a muscular chest. My gaze slid up to see the hunky flight attendant’s face.

“Need help?” His lips twitched in a grin.

Was he asking what I hoped he was asking? I nodded.

“I’ll be back in five minutes. Lock the door, so no one else crashes the party.” He slid his hand to my backside and squeezed. “Nice ass. I look forward to initiating you into the Mile High Club.”

My eyes widened.

CampNaNoWriMo Totals

Whew! It’s the first day of May, and I’m thrilled. I enjoy the beginning of each new month since they always feel fresh with possibilities.

Last month I did CampNaNoWriMo, and I set an ambitious goal of 60,000 words. I’m pleased to say that I reached my goal! Woohoo!

I ended April with 60,002 words. 43,601 of those were toward a novel I wrote The End on last night, and 16,401 of those words were on On Thin Ice, the second book in my Super Powered series.

For more stats, since I love them, this is my progress on my goal of writing 1,000 words a day.

84926 / 365000 words. 23% done!

This month, I’m switching gears a little and lightening my writing efforts a little to focus on editing what I wrote last month. I’m also hoping to read more this month.

How about you guys? What are your goals for May?

Flash Fiction Friday – Darkness

Hey everyone,

One of the first things I had published was a Flash Fiction piece, so I’ve decided to try my hand at some fun Flash Fiction prompts, and instead of keeping the results to myself, I’ll be sharing what I do with all of you! 🙂

This week’s prompt is… Write a story in which something transforms into something else.

If you guys want to join in, feel free! I’d love to read your stories and/or thoughts in the comments.

by Sarah Mäkelä

Darkness blinded me. I knew he should be in this building. They’d taken him, but I refused to give up hope. He wouldn’t for me.

Water dripped somewhere in the musky, black hallway, providing the only sound aside from my footsteps. The men had come this way, and a faint energy trail drew me deeper, confirming my hopes that Daniel was still alive.

The connection between us kept me going. Kept me strong.

My foot smacked against something. I froze, not knowing if they could have heard me, even though I couldn’t hear them. When I convinced myself they hadn’t heard, I walked again, slow and steady.

A light swept the hallway then, and I dove out of the way, knowing what that could be. Daniel had warned me of the guards.

Loud snuffling sounded down the hall where the light had been, and a loud howl followed. Muscle ripped and loud snapping bones sickened me. A blast wave of energy rippled out from the corridor, doubling me over from the force.

Now I knew why Daniel had meant by them not being human. Whoever… whatever was down there had just shape-shifted.

Sneak Peek Sunday 2 – Jungle Burn

Hey everyone! And we’re back with another Sneak Peek Sunday

This week, I’m continuing with the next six paragraphs from Jungle Burn, the final book in my Amazon Chronicles series. If you missed last week’s scroll down a little. I hope you enjoy the excerpt, and I’d love to know what you think in the comments!

He didn’t look too sure about this, but he shut the door and followed her. “Where are we going? Why aren’t we talking in my home? There’s more privacy in there than out here.”

She stopped, turned to look at him, and sighed. “Not really. You know as well as I do, if someone wanted to listen in on our conversation, all they’d have to do is stand outside your door and concentrate. That’s not okay with what I need to talk about.”

At just that moment, a couple of male werepumas walked by them and looked her up and down. One halted his progress, his eyes flashing upon her as if he wanted nothing better than to push her to the ground and ride her. Her out-of-control hormones were a primary cause for the sudden surge of crudeness she faced, yet her Amazon kin wouldn’t understand.

Sabina was different from them. She was the only female werecat in the village, and in many ways, it felt like she’d been cursed. Her parents had forbidden the werepumas to tell her secret, and Kyle — their leader — made sure his people knew the lengths he’d go to help make sure the Amazons didn’t find out before they were ready. They weren’t sure the Amazons would stand behind her as they did her mother, the queen, or even her father or Rubia and Kyle. None of them was a creature next in line for the throne.

Frowning, Tiago shrugged. “Fine. Take me wherever you think is safe.”

She walked with him through the village, her gaze set straight on where she was going. Her shoulders were tense, but Tiago used his free hand to squeeze one of them slightly. “Relax,” he said.

Sneak Peek Sunday

Hey everyone! I’m trying out something new. Sneak Peek Sunday is where you post 6 paragraphs (no more, no less) from either a WIP or a published work. 

This week, I’m posting the first six paragraphs from Jungle Burn, the final book in my Amazon Chronicles series. I hope you enjoy the excerpt, and I’d love to know what you think!

Sabina Rukan knocked on the door to Tiago’s hut. He’d been her closest friend for a while, even though her parents had always preferred her to socialize with the other girls in the village. She didn’t really care. Growing up as Princess of the Amazons, she couldn’t help a slight feeling of entitlement.

The door to his hut opened, and Tiago stood there shirtless with a faded pair of jeans hugging his hips. He smirked at her with a wicked quirk of his lips.

She trailed her gaze over the muscular expanse of his chest. Seeing all his bare skin made her want to nibble on his torso and bask in its warmth. For the past few weeks, her hormones had gone into overdrive.

She’d noticed the werepuma men taking a greater interest in her, which was embarrassing, and yet her parents were still convinced she wasn’t ready to become a woman. If they weren’t going to trust her, she needed to take matters into her own hands. She’d known just who to come to.

He took her hand and kissed her knuckles. “Sabina, how are you doing?” His nose twitched a little, and his brown eyes darkened, as they tended to do whenever she came around. He wanted her, and she wouldn’t mind having him, either.

“I’m doing well enough. I need to talk with you.” She held on to his hand, pulling him out of his hut. With her being a weretiger, she had comparable strength to his, but she’d been taught not to use her full strength from a young age. That would only hurt people around her, which she was very careful about.

Six Sentence Sunday 18

Hi everyone! Welcome back for another week of Six Sentence Sunday! Click here to view my previous entries.

Here’s a snippet from my upcoming release Captive Moonlight. The main characters are Joe and Charlotte. This is my first western paranormal romance. This is pretty much a continuation from last week. Enjoy!

He froze, and his nostrils flared. “Damn it. Your maid must be coming to check on you.”

Her eyes widened, and she hopped out of bed. She stared at the door, hoping her maid, Betsy, wouldn’t come in without knocking. Charlotte needed to look presentable before that happened.

Captive Moonlight now available at Changeling Press.

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Six Sentence Sunday 16

Hi everyone! Welcome back for another week of Six Sentence Sunday! Click here to view my previous entries.

Here’s a snippet from my upcoming release Captive Moonlight. The main characters are Joe and Charlotte. This is my first western paranormal romance. This follows their intimate moment from last week. I love this paragraph. This hero is so steamy. *grin* Enjoy!

After a few moments, he pulled away. His breath came out in harsh pants. He propped himself up on his elbow and smirked at her. “I’ll make an honest woman of you yet. Such a blissful marital life we’ll have.” He chuckled.

Captive Moonlight coming February 3rd to Changeling Press.

Visit the other Six Sentence participants. http://sixsunday.com

What is Cyberpunk?

First guest posted at Kinley Baker’s blog.

As I’ve been promoting, a common question has come up. “What is Cyberpunk? I’ve never heard of that before.” But I’m willing to bet that you’re heard of some movies that portray it. The Matrix, anyone? How about Blade Runner, The Terminator, Strange Days, or 12 Monkeys? Yep! I knew it. I see the distant recognition.

Let’s look at the name, cyberpunk. It is a combination of cybernetics and punk. But what makes something a cyberpunk? There are three main elements: Setting, Protagonist, and Society/Government. I’ll try not to geek out too much as I go over them! *grins*

Setting: First of all, the base genre of cyberpunk is science fiction, so it’s no surprise that they take place in the future. Although, instead of what you normally think of with science fiction’s space travel and galaxies, a cyberpunk is placed in near-future Earth. They are post-industrial dystopias set in high-tech, very urbanized cities, more specifically in what is described by Wikipedia as “the often nihilistic underground side of an electronic society.” The world is usually dark and technology rules it.

Protagonist: The protagonist is usually a lone hero computer hacker who fights against injustice. Here is a good, precise clip from Wikipedia: “Many cyberpunk protagonists are manipulated, placed in situations where they have little or no choice, and although they might see things through, they do not necessarily come out any further ahead than they previously were. … This emphasis on the misfits and the malcontents is the ‘punk’ component of cyberpunk.” The hero is the underdog that fights against The Megacorporation.

Society/Government: So, where is the villain? Right here. Greedy megacorporations replace the government, gathering up as much power as they can and using it for their own purposes while the government is weak politically, economically, and militarily. Also society-wise, social order has broken down to some degree.

I hope you get a better sense of what cyberpunk is now. If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments section, and I’ll do the best I can to answer!

NaNoWriMo Update

So, I’ve been doing NaNo this month, and so far, I’ve reached 4,733 words! Woohoo! Yeah, it’s not exactly on par with where I should be or where I’d like to be, but it’s more than I had at the beginning of the month. I’m very much enjoying working on this story. The hero is so awesome, and the heroine… man, I feel for her. She’s going through a lot of craziness. *grins*

I’ve also been working toward my next novella release, which should be coming out December-ish. It’s a superhero romance! I received my edits for it, so I’ll be busily working on them to get them back to my editor. I hope you all enjoy reading it since it was so much fun to write.

Tomorrow I have a Six Sentence Sunday post scheduled, so make sure to come on back to see more of Rubia and Kyle from Jungle Fire!

Techno Crazed — Now at Fictionwise!

I hope everyone had a fantastic Halloween! Yesterday, Techno Crazed, the first book in the Hacked Investigations series, was released at Fictionwise. How cool!

Here’s the blurb:

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…

Buy at Fictionwise

In other news, today marks the beginning of National Novel Writing Month, and I’m pretty ecstatic about that. I have a paranormal romance project I’m working on during it. Woot! It’s something I’ve kept on the back-burner for a while, so I’m happy to finally get a chance to write it.