Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Guest Post + Review + Giveaway: Skin Deep (Feral Ink, #1) by Sarah Mäkelä

Title: Skin Deep
Series: Feral Ink
Author: Sarah Mäkelä
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Etopia Press
ISBN: 978-1-939194-25-1
ASIN: B00A3Y9RTI
Number of pages: 112
Word Count: 24,821
Cover Artist: Valerie Tibbs
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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.



Bringing Together Felines and Wolves


I’ve loved wolves for as long as I can remember, so when I discovered urban fantasy and paranormal romance, werewolves were an automatic turn-on. They’re my favorite supernatural being, especially when they’re hunky bad boys with heart. I knew going into Skin Deep that I really wanted to write a story I’d love to read. That meant I wanted to have a werewolf hero, but I wasn’t so sure about the heroine.

That’s where my love of cats comes in. They’re sleek and sexy, and I own some incredibly cute kitties, which gave me a bunch of inspiration for Kira. Also, I’ve wanted a black panther tattoo for a long time. Instead of going out and getting one myself, I gifted that experience to my heroine. *g* But this is a world where the paranormal exists, so of course, the tattoo is alive and magical.

I’ve had cats and dogs before, and sometimes they don’t mix well. When you’re dealing with a big cat and a wolf, those reactions crank up a notch. Throwing Kira and Connor together was an adventure because Angelique loves Connor, and yet, she’s afraid he’ll find out about her gift. She doesn’t even realize he has abilities of his own. But when their secrets are revealed, it’s fun to see the fur fly.

Kira and Connor together is a primal powerhouse. The two of them respond to each other like the predators they are. They add to the conflict Angelique is feeling, and the fact that they must gain each other’s trust for her makes their interactions more realistic and exciting.
The author did an excellent job of making her series stand out in a very crowded genre by twisting together just the right combination of mythology. This series has a solid foundation with high quality content; both the plot and story line were very engaging. However, I did feel the book was often rushed – as a reader I tend to invest a great deal into the emotional development of the characters. 

Hopefully, this entertaining and sexy series will see many future installments.

Disclosure: This ebook was provided to me free of charge by Bewitching Book Tours for the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments, and ratings are my own.

About the Author :

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. Find her online at www.sarahmakela.com.


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30 comments:

  1. Thanks for the giveaway! This sounds good, and really original, which is often needed in the paranormal genre.

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    1. Thank you, JessS! I hope you get a chance to read it. :)

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  2. Great Guest Post - I enjoy all animals; current pets 1 Feline(Peaches) and 1 Canine (Almond Joy). They have lots of disagreements. Heather

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    1. Thank you for reviewing my book and hosting me here, Heather! I'm glad you enjoyed Skin Deep!

      I enjoy all animals too. I have cats at the moment, but I've been hoping hubby will let us get a dog at some point.

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  3. LOL, like the big cats&dogs theme. Sounds interesting. Nalini Singh also wrote a great book with that issue "Branded by Fire".

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  4. Sounds good and the cover.. I love it! :)
    -Karina

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  5. I have two hamsters, a cat, dog, and fish. We are looking into getting another cat and more fish. It's like a zoo here. I think my daughters want a turtle also. Thanks for the great giveaway!

    Mary

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  6. It'll be interesting to see how the story plays out!

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  7. Thanx for the giveaway.
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  8. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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  9. Nice review about the series.

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  10. Sounds like an interesting book. Love the cover. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  11. Adding this one to my reading pile. Thank you for sharing and for the giveaway!!

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  12. Magically live tattoo, so fun! I am excited to read this. Thanks for the giveaway and for introducing me to a new to me author.

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  13. Great review and giveaway. I like the blend of mythology.

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  14. I love paranormal romance. I will definitely be adding Skin Deep to my reading list. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  15. Sounds like a great book! :) Will look for it next time!

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  16. Sounds like an awesome read! Going on my wishlist! Thanks!
    -Amber

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  17. Thanks for the giveaway! I love shifter books!

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  18. Thanks for the giveaway! I love finding new authors!

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  19. Love the sounds of this book. Great post!
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  20. This is a very interesting premise for pnr romance :) I'm rooting for the cat and the werewolf to get their HEA. Hope I win

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  21. thanks for the giveaway!

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  23. Thank you for the chance to win!

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  24. This sounds like a great book, I can't wait to read it!

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