A DARING RESCUE
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”…
A DEADLY DECISION
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…
Thanks to the Literary Escape folks for having me here today! I write dark paranormals and someone asked me the other day how in the world normal people (readers) can relate to a race of powerful vampires. So I looked at my stories, thought about normal life, and decided it all came down to families. The vampires in my books either want or have strong family ties.
I come from a strong family—a good family. But having a good family means that people know you. Really know you.
My folks had a welcome to fall barbecue last weekend. We played in the pool and had an excellent dinner. Well, being the helpful type, I decided to pop inside and start cleaning up. I should mention at this point that I’m an adult who has been married for over ten years, has two kids, and a law degree. And I’m a bit clumsy.
So, I cut my thumb with a knife. Sliced it right down the middle. My sister, Debbie, came inside to help, saw the blood and said, “Eeek. Did you touch a knife?”
Of course I touched a knife. I was cleaning up. Then she started to gag and yelled at me to wrap my thumb in a paper towel. My sister doesn’t like blood.
So, we kept cleaning. Our mom came inside, took a look at my wrapped thumb and rounded on my sister. “Did you let her touch a knife?!?”
Keep in mind that my sister is three years younger than me. And I was standing right there. But Debbie just shrugged and said I’d done the damage before she’d come into the kitchen. So my mom panics, as is her right, and asks if I need stitches. Deb and I both say no. But yeah, I probably could’ve used a stitch.
So my mom sits, muttering about knives. Then my husband, Tony, lopes inside, beer bottle in hand, laughing at something one of my brothers-in-law said. He takes a look at my bandaged thumb and turns toward my sister and mom. “Who let her touch a knife?”
For the love of Pete. I was standing right there. I told him nobody ‘let’ me and I was fine. So Tony reaches for the self-made bandage, unwraps it and takes a good look, declaring he can super glue it at home. My sister shakes her head, saying that I’ll just rip it open again. Tony argues that he can band-aid it along with the super glue. Note that nobody bothered to consult me.
My dad came inside at the point, looked at my thumb and asked, “Who the heck let her touch a knife?”
So, well, there’s my story. The vampires in my books deal with the same day-to-day family issues that most of us see. The Dark Protectors are a race of vampires centered around a family of men, the Kayrs family. Five brothers who hold the paranormal world together. Yeah, they fight. They argue. Claimed features the oldest brother, who is the king of the vampire world and has to balance ruling with family. But in the end, family always comes first. They have to. They know everything about you.
So, for a chance to win either a copy of Fated (the first book) or Claimed (the new book), is there anything your family or your close friends know about you that drives you crazy? Let us know in the comments and also mention which book you’d like to win. We’ll pick two lucky winners.
Meet Rebecca Zanetti!
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. The second book, Claimed, is available for pre-order now. To find Rebecca on the web, drop by her website.
Want to purchase Rebecca’s novel?
- Fated at Amazon | Book Depository
- Claimed at Amazon | Book Depository
- Hunted at Amazon | Book Depository (April 24, 2012)
Thank you Rebecca for taking the time to stop by Literary Escapism!
Contest Time! Rebecca is giving away two copies of either Fated or Claimed – winners choice. To enter, all you have to do is answer this one question: Is there anything your family or your close friends know about you that drives you crazy? Remember, you must answer the question in order to be entered.
Even though I’m not giving the additional entries any more, you can still help support the author by sharing their article, and this contest, on your blog, Twitter, Facebook, or anywhere you can. After all, the more people who are aware of this fabulous author ensures we get more fabulous stories.
The winner must post a review of the novel someplace. Whether it is on their own blog, Amazon, GoodReads, LibraryThing or wherever, it doesn’t matter. Just help get the word out.
The contest will stay open until November 3rd at which time I’ll determine the winner with help from the snazzy new plug-in I have.
I have not been contacting winners, so you will need to check back to see if you’ve won.