Tuesday, June 28

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

Friday, June 24

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.

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/

Wednesday, June 22

Gravity Hill

Hello everyone! I'm guest blogging over at Kinley Baker's today, and I had a guest post yesterday at Bella Street's. Make sure to check them out! =)

Today's Into the Paranormal post is about a phenomenon known as a "gravity hill." I've been to one with my family in Lake Wales, Florida called Spook Hill.

A gravity hill, according to Wikipedia is "also known as a magnetic hill (and sometimes a mystery hill or a gravity road), is a place where the layout of the surrounding land produces the optical illusion that a very slight downhill slope appears to be an uphill slope. Thus, a car left out of gear will appear to be rolling uphill. There are hundreds of gravity hill locations around the world."

Here's a list of them, if you're interested in visiting.

When I visited Spook Hill, I didn't really grasp the concept, since as you can see from the picture to the right that there is a large hill in front of where you are supposed to be rolling. I had assumed you'd be rolling up that. The first time we tried it, I figured it didn't work. Then I realized that what we were rolling back up was a hill, too. So it did actually work, just not as I thought it was going to. We did it twice. It was more interesting once I understood it.

Have you ever been to a "gravity hill"? I'd love to hear what you have to say about this phenomenon!

Tuesday, June 21

Guest Author Karen E. Taylor

With the upcoming re-issues of books from my Vampire Legacy series, a lot of people have been asking me why I chose to become an author. It’s a good question and on the surface, it’s a fairly easy one to answer. I fell into it, or stumbled over it, almost accidently. I was surprised when it happened. I’m still kind of surprised even now. I’d been searching for most of my life for some sort of artistic expression. I was always an imaginative child, maybe too much so, content to live in a world of dolls and plastic horses and imaginary friends. I suspect I was hard to handle. So my mother sent me to countless classes to find out what I’d be good at. I did ballet for a year and loved it, but she pulled me out after the first recital, mumbling something about a mack truck amidst sugar plums. I went to the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh every Saturday for art lessons – I did so well at sketching (and so miserably at water colors) that the instructors transferred me to painting classes exclusively. That time quitting was my idea. I took singing lessons, speech lessons, pursued acting in college and community theatre. I sculpted, made pottery, sewed, knitted, designed my own clothing, made toys for my own children – the list goes on and on. And we don’t even want to start talking about the jobs I held over the years.

Then, in 1988 I sat down in front of a newly purchased Smith Corona Word Processor and found out where all that striving finally led. Here, at last, was something that I dared hope I might be good at, good enough to make it work, good enough to stick to it. And in all the years since then, with all the ups and downs of life and career, I still look at writing as the one thing I do that works. For me. And for my readers.

There are many things to love about writing. You can’t beat the hours, for one. The dress code is as casual as your environment permits – my favorite work suit is a plaid flannel nightgown with black leggings underneath. It’s good to have an office, but a writer can work anywhere there is a computer. Or a tablet and a pencil. You can live any place, provided you have electricity, coffee and access to a post office. It’s not a problem to moonlight at another job when you’re a writer. Sometimes, in fact, it’s an excellent idea, providing money to live on and ideas to dream on – a little outside stimulation is good for writer’s block too. It’s even okay to stumble around every so often, talking to yourself. If anyone asks, you can explain that you’re working on a scene. And need I mention how the smell of a box of newly printed books is one of the most heavenly odors on earth?

The things we most love about writing, though, often come hand in hand with the things we hate. Deadlines. Writer’s block. Rejection letters. A power outage right as you’re finishing up the scene you’ve been working on for hours. Precious words not easily retrieved. Precious words cruelly cut from your manuscript by merciless editors who more often than not really do know what they’re doing. And don’t you hate that too?

A writer’s job is never done. Even with the end of a book, we look forward to the next one. And no matter how much grief and sweat and tears the last book caused, all is forgotten and forgiven when we type the words Chapter One.

Choosing to become a writer may not be that much of an accomplishment after all. But choosing to remain one – that’s the path we take. I can’t think of a better one to walk.

Karen E. Taylor

Deirdre Griffin didn't choose to be a vampire. But she is. And she's determined to make the most of her fate. For Deirdre that means surrendering to the raging hunger ignited by even the slightest whiff of blood a hunger that pulses through her body like a fever, demanding release. It means making friends in dark places and savouring every hot, salty, bitter, revitalizing drop of life force the night has to offer...

From Book #1 of HUNGER:

After the kiss, I buried my face in his neck. Now, I thought as I heard the blood pulse in his veins, Oh, please, now.

I nipped him at first, savoring the moment, my low moans echoed by his. Then when my teeth grew longer and sharper, I could hold back no longer. I bit him brutally, tapping the artery and was rewarded by the flow of his blood: hot, salty and bitter. He shuddered violently and fought to push me away, but his resistance was futile. Finally his struggles ceased and his body grew limp as I continued to draw on him, gently now, almost tenderly. I drank a long time, slowly, relishing the feel of my own body being replenished, then I withdrew.

Arising from the couch, I caught sight of myself in the mirror. No longer pale and haggard, my skin glowed with life and my eyes shone, victorious and demonic. A few drops of blood were trickling down my chin; I wiped them away with the back of my hand and turned from my reflection in disgust...

From Book #2 of HUNGER:

He was trembling violently under my touch, but that merely encouraged me and I spoke his name again.


This time I connected. I knew he heard me and understood, his hands tightened on mine and he whispered my name. Then before I could react, he quickly dropped my hands, formed a fist and silently punched me on the jaw, striking me with such force that I fell to the floor.

As I pulled myself up, shaking my head and gingerly feeling my jaw, I saw him running from the room, pursued by a nurse and two orderlies.

I stood, swaying in the air slightly, oblivious to the uproar Mitch's action must have been causing around me. The noise level in the room rose, as if from a long distance. I could hear the laughing and crying and shouting of the rest of the patients in the room. But my eyes were fastened on the door through which he had disappeared.

What the hell did you expect, you fool, I thought, a passionate embrace, a warm welcome-back kiss? His eyes had been the eyes of one who looked on hell, and I had helped to put him there...

Monday, June 20

Writing Sex Scenes

Hey everyone, if you're interested in reading the first chapter of Techno Crazed, you can find it here.

With any romance novel (or novella), there's got to be romance! Some people who don't read or write romance might think romance writers sit at our desks with candles aglow and massage oil on hand when writing sex scenes. Some might, and that's cool if it works for them. Although, when it comes down to it, most writers I've heard talk (or seen write) about this say they tend to either skip over them leaving **insert sex scene here** or they muscle through them even if they're not "in the mood."

Then again, I think that goes back to the fact that writing, while fun, is work. If someone wants to get published, and stay published, they have to produce novels, and that means writing even when they're not in the mood. There's no waiting for the muse to strike before getting to the computer or notepad to write. And back to the topic of sex scenes!

I've been trying to muscle through a sex scene this week, and I have to admit, it's been... kind of... blah. Yep, both the scene and the writing of it. I know I'm going to need to go back through it and revise it heavily. And no, I haven't been "in the mood," but then again, after writing a few sex scenes, it's a little more go in, write it down, and get out.

I will concede that some sex scenes still are fun, especially when they're in a new and crazy place. Or maybe the characters are totally out there. Or maybe I'm just really into the writing that day, but on average, they're another scene that needs to get down on the page for revising for me. But! Sexual tension, that's another beast altogether. I love that.

So what do you think? Do you enjoy writing sex scenes? Why or why not? What are your ways of dealing with them?

Friday, June 17

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...


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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Wednesday, June 15


Hey everyone! Just a quickie Into the Paranormal post today since I'm in the throes of release week. If you're interested, I'm being interviewed today at Darcy Drake's blog and Clancy Metzger's blog. I'd love to see you there.

So, today's topic...

Bugbear is a bearlike goblin, which is a type of bogeyman from medieval England used to scare children to keep them from misbehaving. The name bugbear is from the Celtic bug, which means evil spirit or goblin. They're also known for frightening and annoying people in folktales. Female bugbears tend to take and raise babies themselves. Today, the term is also used for scarecrows.

Have you heard of the Bugbear before?

Monday, June 13

5 Tips for Keeping Your Sanity (and Cash) While Promoting

Hey everyone! Make sure to stop by the My Books section to see an excerpt from Techno Crazed! I hope you all enjoy it. Also, I'm guest blogging at Gabriella Hewitt's about The DO's and DON'Ts of Caring for Gnomes. Stop by and say hi!

Now on to the topic. I've been on my blog tour for a little over a week now, and I have several more stops to go. How hard is it to have a little under twenty stops in a single month as well as hitting other venues? Whoa... just... whoa... I'm amazed at others who handle it effortlessly without breaking a sweat. (Although, between us, I haven't met a person like that.)

So, how about those tips?

  1. Check out blogs you enjoy reading and fit with the genre or theme of the book you're promoting and ask to guest blog, if they do that. Blog tours only cost time and effort. No money involved.
  2. Review sites like Romance Reader at Heart, Love Romances Cafe, Coffee Time Romance, Night Owl Reviews and The Romance Studio (among others) tend to have free promotional opportunities. Sometimes, they also have special opportunities like Release Parties or chances to do pure shameless promo.
  3. If you're like me and have to think long and hard about blog topics, go for interviews at some of your blog tour spots. Yes, you run the risk of having several places ask the same questions, but they're also a breath of fresh air when you're scrambling for ideas. 
  4. As much as you want to saturate the internet with your presence for the book release, you have to know your limit. It's not a good idea to sign up for more than you can handle and then have to cancel some of your spots because you realize you've over-committed.
  5. If you do decide to get a paid cover ad/banner ad/etc, do your research and figure out where you feel will be the best place(s) instead of dishing out a ton of money for several places. Also, ask others who have done it before, they might have interesting information to help you decide. 
Do you have any advice when it comes to keeping your sanity and money while promoting?

Friday, June 10

Weekly Wrap Up

Hey everyone! Hopefully you all had a fantastic week. I'm posting this a little later than normal because I got caught up in a good book, Touch of Madness by C.T. Adams & Cathy Clamp.

To recap the blog tour so far, if you're interested, I've visited Savvy Authors on 6/3 and blogged about Utilizing What Makes You Happy. On 6/6, I was at the Goddess Fish Party Pavilion blogging about the story behind getting Techno Crazed published. Yesterday, I visited the RWA's Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal blog and talked about Developing a Futuristic World. Today, I have a thread up at Coffee Time Romance telling about my upcoming release and discussing the giveaway I'll be doing on 6/24. If you're interested in a chance to win, sign up for my newsletter.

Well, that's about all I can think of for now. Have a fantastic weekend!

Interesting Links:

How was your week? Anything cool to share?

Wednesday, June 8

Ouija Boards

Today's Into the Paranormal topic is Ouija boards. Okay, I'll say right now that I don't really have experience with them besides from watching television and movies that have them in it. To me, they seem like the kind of thing to not mess with unless you really know what you're doing. For that reason (and not wanting to open myself up to , I don't think I would ever decide to use one either.

What is a Ouija board? Wikipedia says:
A Ouija board..., also known as a spirit/fire key board or talking board, is a flat board marked with the letters of the alphabet, the numbers 0-9, the words 'yes' 'no' and 'goodbye', and other symbols and words are sometimes also added to help personalize the board. Similarly pronounced Hindi word Ojha means the ones who deal with spirits. The Ouija board was invented as a means to deal with one's spiritual self, to access a part of the soul not usually accessed. However it is more commonly believed to be a way of communicating with spirits of the dead.
Interesting Tidbits:

  • The name Ouija is thought to be from the the French word oui and the German word ja.
  • The first known use of automatic writing using a Ouija board was in China during the Song Dynasty around 1100 BC.
  • It was introduced as a toy unrelated to the occult during the 1890s and popularized for it's purpose of communicating with spirits during World War I by Pearl Curran, a spiritualist.

What do you think about Ouija boards? Would you ever use one?

Tuesday, June 7

Guest Author Theresa Meyers

Where’d you get that idea?

For me as a writer, all the world’s a shopping mall of ideas. Getting ideas isn’t the problem, it’s actually sifting through them for the best ones that is tougher. For example, the title of my latest book, The Vampire Who Loved Me, came off of a brainstorming session after watching a James Bond moviethon one holiday weekend. Of course it also produced other ideas like The Vampire with the Golden Fang, Being Vampire is not Enough and From My Vampire With Love. Others writer were kind enough to suggest The Vampire Strikes Back and even Cloudy with a Chance of Vampires (because the Sons of Midnight series is set in Seattle).

Music is another source of inspiration. Usually, when I start a new book, I create a soundtrack to go with it. There’s usually all different types of music blended together, everything from heavy metal and country to jazz and hip hop. Any song is fodder if it speaks to me about the story. For writing on The Vampire Who Loved Me, the song “Wake Me Up Inside” by Evanescence so perfect captured Achilles’s journey that I found myself playing over and over again on an endless loop in the pivotal scenes I wrote in his point of view.

Bits of conversation while standing in line at the bank or grocery store, a jingle from a radio commercial, even some random news story are all sources for ideas for me. When it comes to characters I’ll often remember a particular mannerism of a person or they way they spoke that becomes part of a character that’s a mash up of several different individuals.

There are many times when one idea will collide with another. It’s not at all unusual when I’m in the middle of writing one book to get ideas for two or three others. While it’s tempting to go after something new, pretty and shiny, I’ve found that writing the germ of the idea on an idea sheet and filing it away on my computer helps me focus on getting the present work done, while still capturing the creativity while it’s fresh.

When I first start a story there’s a ton of brainstorming that happens where no idea is a bad idea. They all get listed at random on a sheet of paper. Sometimes one idea will spark four or five more scenes in the story. Once I’ve brainstormed, I’ll start organizing the scene ideas on a plot board to try and make sense of the flow of the story and make sure I’m not leaving important threads dangling. Each story thread gets its own color and each scene gets its own sticky note on a poster board divided into squares (one per chapter). I normally end up with between three to six sticky notes of various colors in the same chapter.

Sometimes it’s the research that brings new ideas to the surface. When I was researching the process geneticists use to create new vaccines I found out about all kinds of things they could do to create a new vaccine and the various ways it could go wrong or right. That became an integral part of The Vampire Who Loved Me when the main female character, Dr. Rebecca Chamberlin is given a dose of her own vaccine before it’s been thoroughly tested. It results in her starting to transition into a vampire, but getting stuck mid-way through the process. Historically researchers in the early years often tested on themselves and sometimes on other “forgotten” members of the population such as the mentally ill or those in prisons. While that’s been many, many decades ago, it still intrigued me.

As for why I ended up with a virus that causes vampirism in the first place, well, that idea came from one simple question: Why is it you never really hear of vampires being thousands of years old? (Sure there are a few, but by and large most are only hundreds of years old.) My brain started to spin and I thought about what in a biological system can bring down a top predator. The answer was simple: a virus. But what would this virus be like? How would it impact those who had stronger immune systems? Could it be reversed? How would people react when they found out first that vampires were real and second that they were in danger of being turned into vampires by exposure to a virus? I suppose it’s just the way a writer’s mind words. I know. I’m out of my mind, but there’s a good reason. It’s dark and scary in there. LOL.

So the next time you’re tempted to ask a writer, where’d you get that idea from? Make sure they aren’t looking at you too intently. They may be taking notes.

The Vampire Who Loved Me
Book #2 in the Sons of Midnight mini-series from Harlequin Nocturne
By Theresa Meyers
ISBN: 0373618603
ISBN13: 978-0373618606
Releases: May 24, 2011


Dr. Rebecca Chamberlin hated nothing more than the vampires who had turned her loved ones into creatures of the night…until she became one herself. Now her experimental vaccine has become more urgent than ever, and has made her the target of vampire security chief Achilles Stefanos.


Built like a god with golden hair and an irresistible allure, Achilles made her feel passion the way no mortal man had before. Beck could no more deny her craving for him than she could the hated bloodlust in her veins. But when her vaccine fell into the wrong hands, Beck has a difficult choice to make—one that challenged everything she’d always believed…..

Dark and dangerous, the Sons of Midnight are a temptation that few can resist!

Monday, June 6

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)

Friday, June 3

Weekly Wrap Up

I hope everyone has had a fantastic week! Who else is very much looking forward to the weekend? I know I am.

This week, I've been winding into promotional mode since my book release is two weeks away, so that's exciting. Today marks the official beginning of my blog tour blitz. I've ordered promo items for RWA Nationals at the end of the month. It seems to be coming so quickly! Where in the world did May go?

Also, if you missed it yesterday, here's the list of my blog tour locations and information on my newsletter. In fact, I'm at Savvy Authors today! Please stop by and say hello. =)

Interesting Links:

How has your week been? Have any interesting links to share?

Thursday, June 2

Blog Tour + Newsletter

So, with my book Techno Crazed coming out in two weeks, I'm going on tour. A blog tour that is. Here's my list of stops. I'd love to see you there!

6/3: Savvy Authors
6/6: Goddess Fish Promotions Monthly Release Party
6/9: RWA's Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal Chapter
6/13: Gabriella Hewitt
6/14: Julia Rachel Barrett
6/15: Interview @ Clancy Metzger
6/15: Darcy Drake
6/16: Castles & Guns + Giveaway
6/17: Interview @ Kelly Whitley
6/17: Romance Reader at Heart + Giveaway
6/17: Fang-tastic Books
6/20: Kinley Baker
6/21: Bella Street
6/22: Marilyn Wigglesworth
6/23: Release Party @ The Romance Studio
6/26: The Speculative Salon

Also, I'll be sending out my newsletter on 6/24. If you're interesting in the chance to win a copy of Techno Crazed (or you just want to find out more about what I'm doing) make sure to sign up below!

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Wednesday, June 1


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?
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