Monday, September 2, 2013

Author Interview and Giveaway: Saved by Moonlight by Sarah Makela

We want to extend a warm welcome to Sarah Makela author Saved by Moonlight to our blog today! Sarah has been on the blog before, so we are thrilled to host her once again!
So Sarah, let's cut to the chase...
Where are you from and from where/who did your love for writing come from? I’m from Tennessee, but I currently live in North Carolina. My love for writing came from reading a poetry collection my mom wrote. From there, I fell in love with urban fantasy and paranormal romance, and I knew that’s what I had to write.
Can you say that your journey to publication was difficult? If so, what were the hardest moments to get through? You could say that! A few times, I was tempted to quit, but my husband encouraged me to keep at it. All the rejections letters were the hardest. I received so many, but persistence does pay off.
How do you overcome i-suck-it is, that little voice in your head that tells you your writing isn’t good enough? Sometimes it’s hard to overcome, but I just have to have faith in my abilities as a writer. If I’m feeling especially overwhelmed, then I take a step away from the book and do something to relax and get my mind off writing. That helps me to look at the writing with a fresh perspective.
What is your dream vacation? My dream vacation would be taking a train through Europe. I’ve always wanted to do that. One day, I will!
Describe your writing style in five words. Sexy, dark, action-packed, character-driven, paranormal
What movies are you currently excited to see? I can’t wait to see Thor: The Dark World, Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and X-Men: Days of Future Past.
What are you currently reading? A Brush of Darkness by Allison Pang
If you weren’t a writer, what other careers would you pursue? I’d have a career in IT.
If you could create a holiday of your own, what would it be called? My holiday would be National Werewolf Appreciation Day to show my love and adoration for werewolves. :-)
For people who haven’t read your novel, how would you summarize the plot? I’d summarize the plot as a woman who finds herself trapped in the apartment she shares with her hunky werewolf boyfriend (except she doesn’t know about his monthly moon howling), and he barges in to find her in trouble.
What are two of your pet-peeves? One of my pet peeves is when people type y’all as ya’ll. I hate that since y’all is the contraction of you all. How can you get ya’ll from that?! Haha... Hmm... My other pet peeve? I guess when people are rude for no reason.
To you, what makes a good story? I think having solid 3-dimensional characters really makes a good story because even with the best plot, you’re not going to have a very interesting story if the characters are all cardboard cutouts.
What usually turns you off about a story? I get turned off when stories go in bizarre and unexpected directions that don’t fit with how I’d pictured the characters would react.
If you could collaborate with any author, who would you choose, and why? I’d choose Laurell K. Hamilton or Karen Chance. They’re two of my favorite authors, and they have great imaginations and storytelling abilities.
What is on your night stand? That’s a tough question. I don’t own a nightstand. ;-)
What is your favorite book? This is a hard question, but I’ll have to say Curse the Dawn by Karen Chance. I’m a huge fan of her warmage John Pritkin, and there are some really special moments between him and the heroine, Cassie Palmer, in this book.

Saved by Moonlight
Sarah Mäkelä
Genre: Erotic Paranormal Romance 
Publisher: Changeling Press
Date of Publication: August 30, 2013
Cover Artist: Bryan Keller
Book Description
A werewolf reveals what he is to save the love of his life...

When Sylvi comes home to find someone lurking in the apartment she shares with her boyfriend, she realizes her life is in danger. Lukas arrives in time to defend her from the intruder, but she's shocked to learn Lukas is really a werewolf! Can their love survive his revelation?

Short Excerpt: 
Sylvi turned off the shower and dried herself. She wrapped the large bath towel around her then set off to grab the cordless phone from the living room. There weren't any flashing lights on the phone to indicate that Lukas had called. Disappointment fluttered in her chest before she shoved it away.

He probably had a busy schedule filled with meetings and schmoozing galore.

She headed for the bedroom and paused in the hallway, staring at the closed door. Had she closed it this morning? Lukas couldn't be here since he would have come out to greet her. However, he wouldn't close the bedroom door either. They had no reason to.

She chewed on her lower lip and looked down at the phone. Her thumb hovered over the number nine. Should she call the police? What if no one was there? What if she'd had a strange memory lapse? She'd look like an idiot.

Stop acting like a child, she scolded herself.

Taking a deep breath, she jerked the door open and flipped on the light. Her gaze raked the room. It was decorated in delicate shades of blue and white. She and Lukas had done this together, as a team. The memory brought a smile to her face. Until she saw him...

Demetrius stood by the window overlooking the street, staring into the rainy night. She knew it was him by his overwhelmingly muscular build and shoulder-length brown hair. How had he found her after all these years? They'd experienced a short, wild rendezvous before she'd come to Florida, but it was so over!

"What are you doing here?" Her voice shook slightly. He turned to face her, and she stepped back toward the door.

Tension rose and filled the air.

"Hello to you, too." He stalked over to the bed. His hands splayed over the blue velvet comforter. "Mmm... Soft. You certainly do have superb taste." The bed groaned under his weight as he crawled onto the mattress and stared at her.

"What do you want?" Sylvi shivered and pressed herself against the doorframe. She had to get out of here. There was no telling what he'd do, especially with her being so vulnerable.

Demetrius licked his lips and ran his gaze over her as if willing her towel away. "You."

"That's too bad because --" Sylvi's words cut off as Demetrius jumped at her in a graceful leap.

He closed the distance between them like a predator. "You were saying?" A smug grin caressed his lips.

"I was trying to say I have a boyfriend." She took a step into the hallway, but he grabbed her upper arm and pulled her against his chest. She was five foot five inches, and yet the top of her head barely reached his shoulder. Even when they'd lusted after each other, his towering stature had intimidated her.

"I don't see anyone else here." He glanced around the room pointedly.

She shivered, but not entirely from the cool air conditioning. Tendrils of fear chased down her spine.

About the Author: 

Sarah Mäkelä loves her fiction dark, magical, and passionate. She is a paranormal romance author, but she’s written all over the romance spectrum with cyberpunk, sci-fi, fantasy, urban fantasy...even a sweet contemporary romance!

A life-long paranormal fan, she still sleeps with a night-light. In her spare time, she reads sexy books, watches scary movies (and Ghost Adventures), and plays computer games with her husband. When she gets the chance, she loves traveling the world too.

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