Oh my gosh you guys, I’m so excited to welcome my two guests today! Rebecca and I go way back and I’ve always been a huge fan of hers…no seriously you guys…it’s embarrassing. Really. I’m a huge fangirl. We also have Debra Kayn here today, who has wrote her own awesome romantic suspense series that you all need to check out! I recently got to ask them some questions..and I managed to do it without screaming about how excited I was to have them here. So just pretend I’m not over here doing this:
Nikki: When writing romantic suspense how do you do your research? Do you talk with police officers? Military? Research?
Rebecca: Howdy! These questions were so much fun to answer! Thanks for inviting us today—I always like visiting this wonderful blog.
Nikki: *unintelligible fangirl squeal*
Rebecca: I talk to anybody who will talk to me in doing research. For the Sin Brother’s series, I was coincidentally having a couple of surgeries, and boy, did I question those doctors. They were so helpful in coming up with plausible ways the heroes could have kill chips inserted near their spines. They all became rather accustomed to my odd questions out of the blue, and I just hope I didn’t say anything too weird during the surgeries.
Debra: Absolutely. That’s the benefit of living in a small town, where law enforcement officials welcome questions and get as excited over them as I do their answers. I also get the benefit of writing fiction and heroes that skirt the law, so there’s always wiggle room.
Nikki: Do your heroes have any similarities?
Rebecca: My heroes are Alpha males. Tough, strong, oddly vulnerable in a way sometimes only the heroine can see. I like tough guys who’ll go to the mat for you, and who’ll protect you no matter what. My heroes do that, whether they’re vampires, cowboys, or super soldiers.
Debra: I think when you write what you love and know, heroes can take on a lot of similarities. I know my editor is always telling me to tone my heroes down and let them speak in complete sentences. But, that’s what the men I know talk like, and it’s easy make the heroes come across as dominating and tough, and I have to make sure the heroine (and readers) see him as sexy and adorable. Because those real men are sexy and adorable!
Nikki: What was the first romance book you can remember reading?
Rebecca: I snuck into my mom’s bag of books and read one of Nora Robert’s MacGregor stories. Then I read them all, so I’m not quite sure which one I read first. But I loved them. I loved the idea of romance, sizzle, and happily ever after.
Debra: Oh wow. I remember reading my mom’s True Love magazines at a really young age, then going to her Harlequins. But it wasn’t until I was in high school that I started reading Jude Deveraux’s books and realized it was “romance” I loved to read the most. She’s the queen, and I love her books even today.
Nikki: Do you still have fangirl moments with other romance authors?
Rebecca: Definitely! At RWA a few years ago, I saw Jennifer Apodaca (Jennifer Lyon) sitting at the coffee shop reading some notes. I walked by three times, because I didn’t want to bug her, but I really wanted to talk to her. Finally, I introduced myself and told her how much I loved the Samantha Shaw mysteries and how much I hoped she’d write another one soon. She was so nice! She invited me to sit and we chatted for a while. Then later she went up to her room and downloaded one of my books, read it and posted on FB how much she liked it. I couldn’t believe how kind she was, or that she did such a thing. I’d just wanted to beg for another Samantha and Gabe story from her. Romance authors really are some of the kindest people out there.
Debra: Absolutely! Gina Gordon, an author, stood in line and got me an autographed Nora Roberts book. I fangirl both of them. I might’ve cried and screamed at the same time.
Nikki: Who is your celebrity crush?
Rebecca: Great question! Okay, here’s the real deal. I don’t have celebrity crushes. But I do get huge crushes on characters – the made up ones. If Dean Winchester (Supernatural) really existed in life, I’d be on the hunt for that Impala. I’m sure Jensen Ackles is a great guy, but it’s the character I’m fascinated with, and I’ve never mixed up a character with the person who plays him or her. I wouldn’t mind being protected by Seeley Booth, either. And I’d love to meet J.D. Robb’s Roarke. Well, and kidnap him.
Debra: I want to say Jason Statham or Josh Holloway, because they are both sexy for different reasons, but I have to stick with Mickey Rourke for my celebrity crush for when he starred in 91/2 weeks. I can’t explain it, but he was hot in that movie. A little stalkerish, but hot.
Nikki: Tell me in 3 or less sentences why readers should pick up your book…
Rebecca: Forgotten Sins is a sexy thriller featuring a wounded soldier holding tight to the one woman he can’t lose, even though he can’t remember her. Danger surrounds them, and he has to dig deep to trust his instincts and find safety for them both. There are twists upon the turns, and some truly sizzling, emotional moments that make for a great ride.
Type: Romantic Suspense
His Secrets Can Destroy Her
From the moment Josie laid eyes on sexy, mysterious Shane Dean, she was in love. Their desire ignited a passionate affair, and within weeks, Shane had slipped a ring on her finger. It seemed her every fantasy was coming true . . . until her new husband disappeared without a trace. Now, two years and one broken heart later, Josie is shocked by the hospital calls: Shane has been found . . . at a crime scene with no memory of how he got there.
Her Love Can Save Him
Shane can’t remember the blue-eyed angel at his bedside—or who he even is—but he knows something isn’t right. His hearing is razor sharp, his physical strength incredible, and the urge to protect Josie overwhelming. For powerful enemies are hunting him, and Josie is the key to discovering why. As Shane struggles to unravel his past, dangerous new truths come to light. Can he protect the only woman he’s ever loved? And can Josie trust a man she thought she knew—one who carries such a deadly secret?
Sweet Revenge, book 2, features the eldest and most determined Gray brother as he hunts down the surgeon who can save his family and instead butts heads with a sexy bartender running from a bad past. Sizzle, intrigue, and passion explodes as the danger stalking them both gains ground, and they have to work together just to survive.
Type: Romantic Suspense
The One Man She Can’t Have
Matt Dean was born to fight…and kill. A member of a secret black-ops military unit, he and his brothers were genetically engineered by the government to be the perfect soldiers with an expiration date. Now, with time running out, he’s gone rogue in a relentless quest for the one person who can save them. His mission leads him to Charmed, Idaho…and to a beautiful woman with eyes like emeralds and a body made for pleasure.
The One Woman He Can’t Resist
Laney Jacobs knows the mysterious, handsome stranger is trouble from the moment he walks into her bar, looking for a job. She’s spent years running from her own past—the last thing she needs is a romantic entanglement. But Matt’s strong arms offer her protection, and his gentle touch promises passion unlike anything she’s ever known. As lethal forces surround them, revealing explosive secrets about Matt’s past and putting everything—and everyone—he holds dear in danger, can he save them all before time runs out?
Thanks again for having us over and providing such fun questions!
Debra: She’s a chameleon on the police force who spouts lies non-stop, but loves Tony’s dog. One person—or is that two?—threatens her life, and Tony will do anything to keep her safe. Hang out in the underground drug scene, the Beaumont Body Shop garage, and get a sneak peek into the bedroom of a man who knows what he wants.
Was that a little over the top?
Type: Romantic Suspense
She’s on thin ice.
Detective Rocki Bangli has spent the past four months undercover, trying to get the goods on drug lord Darrell Archer. Now that she’s gained Darrell’s trust, he’s given her a job: keep an eye on the Beaumont Body Shop, a car detailer and private investigation agency. There’s only one problem-her target is the hot and very sexy Tony Weston, whose eyes tell her he’s on to her game . . .
He’s her only hope.
Tony spotted the gorgeous detective a year ago at the police academy and never forgot her. A thousand fantasies later, he finds Rocki working for the most dangerous man in town. Now, Tony’s determined to find out what’s going on . . . after he brings her home with him. But when her position is compromised, suddenly Rocki and everyone she loves might be in danger. Now Rocki must trust Tony with her secrets, her mission, and her life-or it could be the end for both of them.
USA Today Bestselling Author Rebecca Zanetti has worked as an art curator, Senate aide, lawyer, college professor, and a hearing examiner – only to culminate it all in stories about Alpha males and the women who claim them. She writes dark paranormals, romantic suspense, and sexy contemporary romances.
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 in the wild north with her husband, children, and extended family who inspire her every day–or at the very least give her plenty of characters to write about.
Top Selling Romance Author, Debra Kayn, lives with her family at the foot of the Bitterroot Mountains in beautiful Idaho. She enjoys riding motorcycles, playing tennis, fishing, and creating chaos for the men in the garage.
Her love of family ties and laughter makes her a natural to write heartwarming contemporary stories to the delight of her readers. Oh, let’s cut to the chase. She loves to write about REAL MEN and the WOMEN who love them.
When Debra was nineteen years old, a man kissed her without introducing himself. When they finally came up for air, the first words out of his mouth were…will you have my babies? Considering Debra’s weakness for a sexy, badass man, who is strong enough to survive her attitude, she said yes. A quick wedding at the House of Amour and four babies later, she’s living her own unbelievable romance book.
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