Sunday, January 27, 2013

Book Tour for Skin Deep by Sarah Makela (Review & GIVEAWAY)

Today's a great way to end the weekend as Sarah Makela is here with her new short story, Skin Deep. Not only do you get a glimpse into this short story but Sarah will talk about her love of the paranormal.  You also have the chance to win an Amazon GC and a copy of the book.  So keep reading to learn more about this entertaining paranormal read.......

Why Paranormal?.....
I could be writing any genre, so why paranormal?
My love of the paranormal started when I was a kid. Horror movies and scary stories were commonplace, even if a few of those have scarred me to this day. I may enjoy having a nightlight near the bed when I sleep. *grins*
My first dip into romance was historical romance. I read older Harlequins and medieval Scottish/English to be exact. Of course, the naughty younger me always skimmed ahead to find how close I was to the “good parts,” which by comparison to today’s romance were quite tame.
My first taste of paranormal romance came a couple years after I caught the romance bug in the form of Christine Feehan’s Dark series. Carpathians that could shapeshift into animals and fought vampires, plus there was smexy times with their mates? Wow! I was sold. I branched out more and more discovering new authors and watching the paranormal romance genre gain huge amounts of popularity.
Around the same time I discovered Christine Feehan’s Dark series, I also picked up Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake series. Between the two of them, I was in heaven. I loved being able to follow Anita Blake throughout the books instead of hopping to a new couple each book, and they both had incredible originality. Having a deep love of the paranormal already instilled in me from childhood, writing hot paranormal romance was a natural choice for me!
How about you? Why do you guys enjoy reading paranormal?

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.

A lot goes on between the pages of this short story as two otherworldly creatures, whose secrets tore them apart before, reunite while others try to keep them apart in a bloody and action-packed series of events that leads to an all out frenzied conclusion.  Angelique comes from an ancient group who carry their Familiars on their skin and who have struggled to keep their secrets after being hunted to near extinction.  These secrets led her to abandon the love of her life but after a year apart he's back.  Connor has secrets of his own as he's a werewolf who's been commanded to find a Mate which leads him back to Angelique, the only woman he wants.  Both of them were kept apart because of secrets and fears that the other wouldn't accept them for their uniqueness.  These secrets have put them both in jeopardy though as Connor's crazy ex-girlfriend unleashes a Hunter to permanently get rid of Angelique which puts Connor in danger as he has to fight to save her.
The sexual tension between Angelique and Connor is palpable with their two sexual interludes being super steamy.  In comparison, the action scenes are heartpounding and keep you on the edge of your seat. This brief glimpse into this world is intriguing and the journey from a couple's rocky start to their HEA keeps you eagerly turning the pages as a series of life or death situations arise.
From its likable characters to steamy and satisfying sexual interludes this was a story easy to immerse yourself in.  Though the crazy ex-girlfriend was stereotypical she still put into play a series of frenetic events that brought the h/h together.  This small package showed of Ms. Makela's pleasant writing style and I'm definitely looking forward to her work in longer form.
My rating for this is a B+
*I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.

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Sarah Mäkelä lives in North Carolina with her husband and cats. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, computer and console games, and traveling all over the world. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, as well as the Heart of Carolina Romance Writers and the Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal chapters.


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  1. Awesome that she packed so much into a short story. I don't usually go for them, but I'm going to have to check this one out now.

  2. Sounds great. Thanks for sharing!!

  3. Congrats on the new release. Skin Deep sounds fantastic. Can't wait to read it. Thanks for the greqat review.