Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Q&A Interview and Giveaway with Rebecca Zanetti

Hi everyone!  Book Monster Reviews is very pleased to welcome author Rebecca Zanetti to our site today.

Rebecca Zanetti wrote her first story when she was six – a romance between a princess and neighboring prince.  The princess fell out of her castle and the prince rescued her. A happily ever after was had by all.

This theme of romance has been carried through Rebecca’s works until present time.  While today’s heroine may have a medical degree, black belt in Karate and her own 401K, she’s still after that happy ending.  And today’s prince may have fangs and wear a black hat, but hey, a modern princess likes a guy who bites.

Rebecca attended Pepperdine University, earning a bachelor’s degree in Journalism with a Political Science emphasis.  While there she worked as the Editor-in-Chief of The Graphic newspaper, a member of the Pi Phi Sorority and an intern for President Reagan, who still gave 3-5 speeches a week, even though he was no longer president. 

After college, Rebecca worked as an art curator and a Senate aide before heading to law school, where she received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Idaho.  She married Tony Zanetti in the middle of her second year of law school and became pregnant with their first child during the third year.  She graduated law school, gave birth three weeks later, and took the Bar Exam three weeks after that.  All she remembers about the bar exam is that it was so quiet in the testing room, she thought about taking a quick nap.  But she continued on, passed the bar and became a lawyer.   She worked for a large firm, then a small firm, then the county while also teaching legal classes at her local community college.  Now she writes about vampires.

Growing up amid the glorious backdrops and winter wonderlands of the Pacific Northwest has given Rebecca fantastic scenery and adventures to weave into her stories.  She resides there with her husband, children and extended family who inspire her every day.  Rebecca has completed several manuscripts, winning awards throughout the writing industry for her work.  She is currently working on the Dark Protector’s Series published by Kensington Brava.

Rebecca is the creator of the awesome DARK PROTECTOR series.  The series currently has three books and a novella. "Fated" was the first book, and the newest book is "Claimed", which was just released on October 25. The novella “Tempted” will be released next April, and book 3, “Hunted” will follow a month later.  In case ya'll are not familiar with the series, here's a look at the two released books….

"Fated" - Book 1 of the DARK PROTECTORS

Marry Me

Cara Paulson does not give up easily.  A scientist and a single mother, she’s used to fighting for whatever she wants, keeping a cool head, and doing whatever it takes to protect her daughter Janie.  But “whatever it takes” has never before included a shotgun wedding to a dangerous looking stranger with an attitude problem…

Or Else

Sure, the mysterious Talen says he’s there to protect Cara and Janie.  He also says that he’s a three-hundred-year-old vampire.  Of course, the way he touches her, Cara might actually believe he’s had that long to practice…

"Claimed" - Book 2 of the DARK PROTECTORS series


Emma Paulsen is a geneticist driven by science.  But she’s also a psychic, so when a dark, good-hearted vampire frees her from the clutches of the evil Kurjans, she realizes he must be the man who’s been haunting her dreams.  But with a virus threatening vampire mates, Emma may discover a whole new meaning of “lovesick”…


As King of the Realm, Dage Kayrs has learned to practice diplomacy.  Still, it’s taken three hundred years to find his mate, so he’ll stop at nothing to protect her–even if it     means turning his back on his own kind…

Now that you are acquainted with the DARK PROTECTOR series, let's get to know more about the amazing author behind the books.

Book Monster Reviews (Carla):  Hi Rebecca!  Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to drop by and spend some time with us!  We’re happy to have you with us today!

Rebecca: First, thank you so much for having me on Book Monster Reviews!  It’s wonderful to be here.  I’m in Seattle at a conference right now, it’s about 5am, and I have an amazing view of the day just beginning outside my huge window in my hotel room.

Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION:  We always like to start out by getting to know you a little bit better.

Q1):   Can you tell us 3 things about yourself that we can't find out on the internet, in your bio, etc?

Rebecca:  Great question!  Three things, huh?  Well, let’s see.  After college I wasn’t sure what to do with my life, so I started dating my karate instructor and we headed over to Australia to backpack around for about a month.  It was quite the adventure!  A second fact would be that I have a slight phobia about Nutcrackers.  Weird, huh?  I know some people don’t like clowns—I don’t like Nutcrackers.  A final thing is that I’m a complete klutz. A lot of people know this, but I don’t think it’s on the web.  Until now.  J

2)  What are some of your favorite hobbies or things you like to do when you're not busy writing?

Rebecca:  I live in a place with definite seasons, so it depends what season it is.  In the summer, we spend a lot of time at the lake swimming and waterskiing.  I also golf and we go camping sometimes.  In the winter, we snowmobile.  Of course I love to read and well, I do like to head to Vegas once in a while and gamble with my mom and sisters. 

3)  When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? 

Rebecca:  Probably when I was young.  I always figured I’d write someday, but there were a lot of things (and still are) that I wanted to do.  Getting a law degree was one of them, and having a family another.  Someday I’d really like to study genetics just for fun.  I don’t think I want to work in a lab.  I’m a bit of a germaphobe, too.

4)  What made you decide to start out writing in the paranormal romance genre?

Rebecca:  The hero in my story kept turning into a vampire.  There’s a lot more leeway with characters and world building in a paranormal – you can make anything up so long as there’s a rationale.  And that hero can be over the top Alpha, which in real life doesn’t work.  But in make-believe, I love those over the top Alphas.

5)  Do you have any writing quirks or things that you can't go without to start the writing process?

Rebecca:  Yes.  I can’t write without my thick, comfy socks on.  Even in the heat of summer, I need socks on my feet.  They don’t have to match.  I’m worried that I’m giving away too much of my quirky (nice way of saying weird) personality here!  J

6)  Do you ever suffer from writer's block?  If so, what do you do to get the creative juices flowing again?

Rebecca:  No, I don’t suffer from writer’s block.  I suffer from procrastination and/or taking on too much at one time.  The only thing to do is sit down and start pounding out on the keyboard.  It’s easier when there’s a deadline, and much harder when I just have to make myself sit and get it done.

7)  Who are some of the authors that have inspired you to start writing?

Rebecca:  I have so many favorites!  Nora Roberts, Lora Leigh, Cynthia Eden, Janet Evanovich, J.R. Ward…I could keep going forever.

8)  How long did it take you to get your first book published?

Rebecca:  We were snowed in December of 08 and I started a book, finishing it in January of 09.  FATED sold that December.  So, it took about a year.  It sounds easy, but during that year I studied really hard to fix that first book and figure out how to write.  I think being a lawyer really helped with the analytical process.

9)  For those who have not read the DARK PROTECTOR series yet, can you please give us some more detailed information about it?

Rebecca:  The series is about a family of male vampires (there are no female vampires) who lead the paranormal world.  One by one they find their mates (humans or other paranormal creatures) while they’re at war with the bad vampires who have created a virus that harms vampire mates.  Publisher’s Weekly has found the strength of the series to have “sizzling sex scenes and a truly memorable cast.”  The heroes are big time Alphas, the heroines stubborn and smart.

10) How many books do you have planned for the series and what can we expect next?

Rebecca:  Between 7 and 9 books – I’m pretty sure it’ll be 7 with a couple of novellas thrown in.  Next is a novella called TEMPTED which will be released in April of 2012.  It features Max, a vampire bodyguard, and Sarah, a woman who just escaped from a mental institution.  In May, HUNTED will be released and it features Conn (one of the vampire brothers) and a witch he accidentally mated a century ago.  He gave her time to train as a witch, and time is up.

11)  What inspired you to write the DARK PROTECTOR series?

Rebecca:  I like good vs. evil themes, and there’s often a serious gray area between the two.  I wanted to explore that place.

12)  What is your favorite inspirational quote?

Rebecca:  “Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure.  The fearful are caught as often as the bold.”  -- Helen Keller   (I think anyone entering the turbulent publishing world right now would agree with this quote).  J

13)   What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview but never have been?  Can you please answer that for us?

Rebecca:  What does writing remind you of?  Well, thank you for asking that!  Writing reminds me of golf.  One day you find your swing, the next day there’s a frickin sandtrap in your way.  No matter what, you have to swing to move forward.

14)  What's next for Rebecca Zanetti?  What do you have planned in the upcoming months?

Rebecca:  I’m working on book four of the Dark Protector series as well as a new project about a group of soldiers.  Other than that, life.  I’ll be at RWA next July (in Anaheim) and am looking at conferences to attend for spring.

15)  Is there anything specific you would like to say to your readers?

Rebecca:  Thank you.  Please keep sending me emails and letting me know what you think about my books.  I love hearing from you!  Writing can be lonely, and when we hear from readers who liked our characters or understood the weird little world we tried to create, it is just fantastic.  Also, thank you for buying my books.  I need sales to keep my publisher publishing them.  J

Thank you so much Rebecca for taking time out of your busy schedule to sit down and talk to us.  We would love to have you back again in May 2012 to help celebrate and promote the release of Hunted.
Rebecca:  Thank you so much for having me over today!  I’d love to come back any time.

If you would like to find out more about Rebecca and the DARK PROTECTOR series, you can visit her at any of the sites below.


CONTEST:  Rebecca is giving away a signed copy of "Fated" or her new release "Claimed" (winner's choice) to one lucky winner...

To Enter: Make sure you are a member of the Book Monster Blog by clicking on the "JOIN THIS SITE" button on the top left hand corner of blog page, and then post a comment on the interview and make sure you leave a valid email address. 
*Any comments without an email address will NOT be entered into drawing.


Anonymous said...

This looks like a really cool series. I havent read Rebecca before...looks like i got another author to read!!!!!


donnas said...

Great interview! Thanks for sharing!

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Gail said...

I really want to get this series.Ilove the Black Dagger Brotherhood and the Midnight Breed series'I know this one will be perfect for me.

Cathy Ward said...

My TBR pile is growing by leaps and bounds. Thanks for introducing me to Rebecca. Haven't read these books yet but they sound so good they are going on my list ASAP.

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Heather said...

Such a great interview! I loved the candid answers by Rebecca!

Thank you for introducing me to to another great sounding series! These books have been added to my list!!


lindsey hutchison said...

awesome interview!!! i just bought Fated a few weeks ago. i cant wait to check out Claimed as well. I seen the pic of your book here and on goodreads and knew i would be picking them up for sure.



Eli Yanti said...


Love to win this book ;)

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Jewel said...

Rebecca's books are definitely on my TBR list now. The descriptions have got me curious.

Great interview & thanks for the chance to win.


Barbara E. said...

These books sound fantastic and I'm looking forward to checking out this series.

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Barbara said...

Great interview! I've read several reviews on this series and with each one...I want to nab these books more and more! They're already on my TBR!

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Victoria said...

I've been wanting to read these books for quite awhile. I just wish I could read faster. Just got a book on speed reading we'll see how it goes :).


CYP @ A Bookalicious Story said...

Hey, those books look so cool! Great interview and giveaway. Thanks!


miki said...

Seems like something for me^^ and since it's a new discovery for me i would like to win fated
( if it's open to international)

thanks you for the opportunity

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mnjcarter said...

Very nice interview, thank you! The series sounds incredible! I'm amazed I haven't heard about it before today. Definitrly going to have to check it out!

Thanks for the chance at onr of your books!


Shonna said...

I love it when I find a new author to read. I have put you on my "MUST READ SOON" list with a star by your name. I enjoy vampire books and so looking forward to reading your stories.



Love the covers !!


NoraA said...

I would really love to be the winner of the first book in this series. I seem to have bypassed it for the second one somehow.


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Rebecca said...

Hi everyone! I'm at work today (actually wore my sweater inside-out somehow, but it's all fixed now) - and wanted to drop in and say hi. Thank you to everyone who is commenting - it's so nice to meet you. :)

Amy said...

I've had Fated on my wish list for a while now and I'd love to read it. The covers do look similar to the Midnight Breed series, which I also love. I love paranormal romances with hot heroes!

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alainala said...

this series looks really really good! thanks for the chance to win
and an awesome interview as well!

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LorettaLynn//Temprance said...

Grat interview:) Looks and sounds wonderful!
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Sebrina said...

A new series for me, YAY! And vampires to boot that are Alphas all the way who find stubborn and smart heroines. Perfect...thanks for the chance at this giveaway.

Barb P said...

I so want this book!!!! I loved Fated! Great interview. Count me in please. bpatrick64113@sbcglobal.net

deanna said...

Great interview!I highly reommend this series! I have read both books and can't wait for the Novella!


Linda said...

I like the sound of this series, especially Book2. Thanks as always for the great interview.

I have to say I've never thought of writing & golf as being similar before!


Anna said...

I LOVED Fated and I can not wait to read Claimed! Great interview!!!


Marta said...

This was a great interview, thank you so much!

I just started reading 'Fated', things are certainly intense right from the start!

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elaing8 said...

This sounds like a good series.I enjoyed reading the interview.Thanks for the giveaway

SdyLion said...

Cannot wait to check out the series. Thank you for the interview. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

lilis said...

great interview! i really enjoy it.. we have tha same fav author..

thank you for the giveaway!

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gfc by : berliantina80@gmail.com

nurmawati djuhawan said...

i already add ur books in goodreads....^^

-nurma- (indonesia)


Mierke said...

You sound really lovely, Rebecca! I've added this series to my TBR list.


Jess said...

I loved reading Fated. I would love to win Claimed and keep this great series going!

Thanks for the giveaway!


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Megan@Riverina Romantics said...

I agree with all your author choices! Janet Evanovich is a riot and Nora Roberts is a legend! Thank you for the wonderful interview.

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Eva Luna said...

She sounds so easy to talk to. :) Fated got me hooked from the start and i can't wait to know what happens to Emma and Dage.

Michelle said...

Another new author for me to look into. Thanks :)


winnie said...

This series sounds great, thanks for the giveaway!