Saturday, March 8, 2014

Giveaway & Review ~ Sarah Mäkelä's COLD MOON RISING

Be careful what you wish for…

A potion gone wrong: Mia Brooks is a reluctant witch, with powers that she tries to hold in check. But when her magic gets mixed up, supernatural forces are unleashed and suddenly she’s being pursued by werewolves—that she didn’t even realize existed…

Hidden emotions: Ethan Parker, Mia’s brother’s best friend, is home from deployment for the holidays. Mia’s not only hiding from werewolves, she’s trying to keep her feelings for Ethan secret; it would be a disaster if he knew she’s been nursing a long-time crush…

The power of love: Things take a terrifying turn when Mia and Ethan are attacked by a werewolf. Ethan is amazed when Mia reveals her paranormal prowess as she tries to shield them from danger. But can she really protect them from the darkness that lurks? And how can he tell her that, for ages, he’s been denying what he really wants? Mia...

The Witch Who Cried Wolf
Cry Wolf, #1

Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Kissa Press LLC

Date of Publication: December 2, 2013

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Cry Wolf, #1.5

Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Kissa Press LLC

Date of Publication: 2/17/2014

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Passions flare when the cold moon rises…

Kelly: a normal college girl, who knows what she wants—to survive her final exams, and find someone to share her life with.  Studying with Jacob is becoming too hot to handle; she’s falling for him, but he’s going too fast…

Jacob: a not-so-typical frat guy, who hides a secret—he’s a werewolf. Whenever the moon is high, he’s driven to shed his human form and satisfy his powerful desires. He craves Kelly, but she’s pushing him away…

Fallout: Jacob can smell Kelly’s arousal, but she insists she doesn’t want sex. A wolf can only take so much before his natural instincts win out. When the tension between them explodes, Jacob has no choice but to walk…

Kidnapped! Kelly is abducted by evil scientists who’ve mistaken her for a female werecat and, despite their differences, Jacob has to try and find her. But it’s a race against time and the lunar tides. The scientists have taken Kelly to their lab and turned her into a shapeshifter for real. The full moon is rising, and soon neither Kelly nor Jacob will be able to control their inner beasts. Who knows what the consequences will be when they are consumed by unquenchable animal lust…


With Jacob this close, it took every ounce of focus to keep my thoughts on the impending exam. More than once, I caught myself staring at his lips wondering how soft they’d be as they kissed my skin. I only hoped he didn’t notice my glances that might make things highly embarrassing.

The fresh scent of my clean sheets ever so slightly mixed with his musky, warm aroma that fascinated me to no end. The way his hair moved when he turned his head in my direction caught my attention. His presence in the apartment made life seem more bearable, from the studying to the incredibly noisy neighbor who thought everyone wanted to hear his heavy metal albums all throughout the night.

“Think you’re up for a break, Kelly?” He shut his textbook with a loud clap and quirked his lips to one side. “We’ve been going at it for a while now.”

My notecards toppled from my hands, and I jerked back, caught off-guard by his words. “Uh, yeah...” If we’d really been ‘going at it,’ I would’ve refused to take a break. Stop thinking about him like that. “Yes, that sounds good. Want something else to drink? Maybe a coffee or Coke?”

The amused twinkle in his emerald green eyes melted my insides. Maybe studying on my bed hadn’t been the best idea. However, the dinette set would barely be enough room for one of our textbooks, let alone...

“Water.” Jacob leaned over me, brushing his palm over my exposed knee as he reached for the fallen study cards. “It’s kind of hot in here, isn’t it?”

He had to be kidding me. With him this close, it was like a sauna in here. I wanted to touch him, show him that all of this flirting was more than I could handle. My heart pounded in my ears. If I didn’t do something to him soon, I might explode.

As if on cue, he turned to face me. Our lips were barely inches apart, and I saw flecks of gold in his green eyes. Seconds ticked by. Was he going to make a move? I didn’t have the strength to sit by and not take this chance. Not if it meant this brief encounter would pass by forgotten.

I leaned into him. The moment our lips touched, a spark of lust... desire... chemistry burned its way inside me. One brush of lips wasn’t nearly enough. My body thirsted for more kisses.

Jacob froze in place, and I wondered for a split second if what I felt was only me. Maybe the flirting had been meaningless to him. He pulled me up so we stood beside my bed. His messy blond hair brushed across his forehead, and I ran my hand through his hair, savoring the softness.

He held me ever closer, his lips caressing mine. The kiss was gentle, careful as if afraid to take things too fast. This moment was heaven.

My arms circled his neck of their own volition, and I trailed my hands down Jacob’s back. The hard muscles flexing beneath my fingertips sent heat coursing through me. This so wasn’t a good use of our study time, especially now that final exams were on top of us, but I really didn’t care.

He’d been the only stable thing in my life since I’d come to college last September. We had three classes together that first semester, which was kind of crazy, but I didn’t mind. Ever since, we planned our courses together, as much as we could, at least.

Two of the three classes we had this semester were science and math, so I didn’t hesitate to take him up on study sessions. Fortunately, the last was English, my forte.

Jacob nibbled on my ear lobe, and tingles of pleasure blanketed my body. “Your skin is so soft, Kelly.” He slid his hands along the hem of my skirt stroking the backs of my thighs, the intensity of his touch growing less controlled by the second. His palm brushed against my backside.

If this kept up, we’d hit the point of no return. The simple kiss had gone far beyond what I’d anticipated. While I really enjoyed making out with Jacob, I wasn’t ready for sex with him. Intimacy shouldn’t be rushed. I wanted to wait for the right one, for a committed relationship. One-night stands weren’t in my vocabulary.

Besides, why give something away too fast? Most guys moved on after sex, right? Not that I suspected Jacob was that way. Besides, I counted on him studying with me. Without his help, my chances of doing well on finals for College Algebra and Physics were slim to none.

He slid his hands higher as his tongue slipped down the length of my neck, making my insides weak along with my self-restraint. A moan rasped from my throat, and for a moment, I wasn’t sure that had been my voice.

Could going to bed with him be that bad?

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.

My Thoughts:

This was another really quick book. There are only 60 pages but there is a lot of story between them.

Kelly is a human who has been unknowingly spending time with with a werewolf named Jacob.

Jacob wants Kelly in the most primitive of ways but she is a bit put off by his advances. She has no way of knowing that he has been holding himself back majorly. The two have a blow out.

There is a case of mistaken identity and Kelly gets kidnapped by mad scientists. 

Luckily for her, Jacob realizes her dilemma and plans to rescue her. =-)

There is danger, suspense, action (the physical fighting kind), some steamy action, and shifters.

I liked the first book. You can see my review here.

This book stands alone and there is no need to read them in order but they were both good books.

If you like weres or quickies (books I mean) then you should add this to your tbr list or just go ahead and read it now, it is a fast one! ;-)

I received an ecopy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. I liked it a good bit and I am eager to see what comes next in this series.

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  1. i'm glad to see the series continue with the same quality and teh fact it can be read as stand alone is really a bonus
    thank you for sharing

  2. I'm sure the fact that it's a werewolf book makes you happy too. :D

    1. how did you guess? ^________^
      but i do prefer werewolf boosk that are well written too ^^ it's a magic word yes but not full power ^^(only because there isn't enough hours in a day^^)

    2. I hear you! I just spent the last half hour purchasing free ebooks from Amazon most of which were werewolf/shifter books! I don't know when I'll have the chance to read them all. :-(

      I joined a group on Facebook and every so often they share free books that I don't already have. Today was the mother load!

      If I get a chance in a day or so I'll post them for the peeps that use Amazon. Maybe some of them will be on Smashwords too.

    3. Is the group by chance The Wolf Pack?

    4. LOL I'm part of that too. I don't get on to check very often but they do post a lot. :)

  3. Of course I want to read these! :) U can always draw me in with werewolf books but like Miki said I prefer them to be well written.

    1. Yes. Well written is a must. I'd tell you guys if it wasn't!

    2. we trust you ^^( added on the maybe list)and you told us a lot of excellent things about the first installment i was still remembering them^^, i just hope since they are quite short that all of them will be regrouped in a print omnibus at a time ( patience^^ patience^^)

  4. The Cry Wolf series sounds fascinating. I enjoy paranormal romance but have not yet read any new adult books.