I’m so happy to have fellow Kensington author Rebecca Zanetti guest-blogging with me today. She writes awesome paranormal romance, with truly cool, sexy vampires. Her first book, Fated, debuted last year to a great deal of acclaim from both readers and reviewers. I read Fated shortly after its release, and I loved it. Rebecca is a really talented writer, and she brings a fresh twist to a genre that can sometimes seem a little tired.
While geneticist Emma Paulsen appreciates vampire king Dage Kayrs rescuing her from the evil, pasty, creepy Kurjan leader who wanted to mate with her, she wouldn’t have needed rescuing had the vampires not gone to war. And while she’s willing to spend one night fulfilling her fantasies with Dage, no way does she plan to stick around for good. Whether the king happened to brand her flesh or not.
That is until her pregnant sister, Cara, contracts a Kurjan virus that will not only destroy the baby but strip Cara’s chromosomal pairs until she’s possibly less than human. A virus that turns shifters into werewolves. A bug that requires science, magic and physics to be quashed. Emma will have to suspend her every belief in science and to trust the vampires in order to save her sister.
Dage Kayrs has waited three centuries to find his mate. As King of the Realm, he’s accustomed to diplomacy and design, although he’d rather rip his enemy’s head off than negotiate. He’s tired of hiding his true nature. He’s tired of being alone. But the greatest challenge of his long life will be in learning to compromise enough to keep Emma, his learning to bend during a time of war when his oldest friends might become his greatest enemies.
Without any further ado, I’m turning to blog over to Rebecca, so she can tell us a little bit about Claimed and also about herself!
First, a big thank you to Vanessa for having me over today! CLAIMED will be available in bookstores tomorrow (October 25th) and available for download to e-readers on November 1st. This is the second book in the Dark Protector Series and features the king of the vampires and his mate, a brilliant geneticist obsessed with curing a virus that threatens vampire mates. I had so much fun writing Dage and Emma’s story. Being a writer (and a lawyer and college professor), I’m rather…well…quirky. Here are my top five (yeah, there are many more) quirks when writing:
1) I have to wear socks to write. Big, comfy, thick socks that actually don’t need to match each other. Even in the heat of summer, if I’m writing, I have my comfy socks on.
2) I have dog hearing. Seriously, those dog whistles kill me. Most laptops have a high-pitched whine from the motor or fan or whatever it is. If I’m on my laptop, I have my earphones on to escape the horrible noise.
3) My best ideas usually hit me while I’m on the treadmill. No, I’m not one of those people who likes to work out. Not at all. But, while plugging away mile after mile (okay, step after step), ideas come to me.
4) I fall off the treadmill at least once a month. Being a klutz, this isn’t a surprise to me. Now I have a treadmill at my house, so if I trip, usually no one else sees. But I used to go to a gym and I have fallen in front of a row of people before. My friend looked down and said, “So, I guess you’re done for the day?”
5) I get lost in writing and often forget about real life while doing so. Unfortunately, this means that the UPS guy has seen me in my jammies, hair in scrunchie, no makeup on…because the doorbell has dinged and I’ve run upstairs to answer the door, forgetting that I haven’t quite prepared for the day yet. (Even though it might be noon because I was just going to write a sentence and then get dressed…and got lost instead.)
So, I want to thank Vanessa for having me over today. I’d love to give away a signed copy of FATED to one commenter, and a signed copy of CLAIMED to another commenter. Let me ask you this: Do you have any odd quirks?
Vanessa, here. Wow! Copies of both your books – that’s so generous of you, Rebecca. Thanks so much for visiting with us today. And readers, let’s start hearing about your quirks!
Rebecca Zanetti is a college professor by day and romance author by night. Currently she’s busy writing the sexy Dark Protector Series from Kensington Brava, which has received excellent reviews. To find Rebecca on the web, drop by her website.