Rebecca Zanetti Guest Post and GIVEAWAY

Today I have a very special guest and an incredibly generous giveaway to tell everyone about. Last year I had the chance to grab an early copy of a book by a brand new author titled, Fated. Fated was the first book in a series from Rebecca Zanetti. I FELL IN LOVE! I think Fated is the only book I’ve ever given 5 stars out of 4 to. Rebecca is here today (SQUEAL) so I will let her take it away. I will be over here in the corner quietly freaking out that she’s here. Don’t mind me….

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Nikki was kind enough to let me guest blog today as a precursor to the Claimed blog tour that begins in the middle of September.  Thanks, Nikki!
So…I saw a bear this weekend.  We were camping, and he strolled into the river just a few yards from me.  Big, brown and walking upright.  It occurred to me…life is weird.  You never really know what’s going to happen—which is how I write.
Nikki asked me to talk about writing a series.  She asked specifically if I plot the entire series out or if I have to go back and add/tweak earlier scenes as I go along.  I’m a tweaker.  So many times I have to go back and add to a story that’s a work in progress.  And so often I’m stuck with the world in an earlier book that I’ve created that could just be little bit different to make the newest book perfect.  But that’s just another challenge in writing, isn’t it?
Some authors plot the entire series arc out before they write the first sentence.  That is great for them.  Other authors have no clue what’s even on the second page when they start the first.  Sounds exciting.
Some of us have a glimmer of what might happen…maybe.  For example, I know how the Dark Protector’s Series ends…why one of my characters (Janie) is the key to the entire war.  But I didn’t figure that out until the middle of writing book two, which is Claimed.  Sometimes things just fall into place.  (I also don’t know at this point if the final book will be book seven or book nine.  We’ll see).
I find it helpful to keep some mystery in earlier books.  If you’re creating an entirely new world, you don’t have to do it all in book one.  Leave some freedom for yourself in writing the later books.  In Claimed, there’s an entirely new species of bad guys introduced.  Also, in writing a series, keep in mind that everything that happened in earlier books is backstory in the current book.  You don’t need it all.  In fact, if you find yourself explaining…stop.  The reader only needs to know what’s relevant for the book in their hands.
For me, writing is like camping.  I truly don’t know what’s on the other side of the river.  It could be my cousin Jill with a brand new lemonade dispenser that somehow has the perfect blend of lemon to vodka.
Or it could be a bear.

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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 vampires’ 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. . .

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Claimed will be released on November 1st and is available for preorder now.  So…I’d love to give away two signed copies of Fated (Book 1) and one signed ARC of Claimed (Book 2) to commenters today.  Comment about anything.  Do you like reading a series?  Have you ever seen a bear up close?  Is writing like camping or is it more like golf?  Or just say hi.

*OPEN INTERNATIONALLY AND UNTIL 11:59EST 9-16-11*

Marry Me

Cara Paulsen does not give up easily. A scientist and a single mother, she’s used to fighting for what 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 that 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. . .

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41 Comments

  1. Thank you so much for sharing with us today. I just finished reading Fated and loved it. I look forward to reading Claimed and my fingers are itching to get a hold of it 🙂 We used to live up in the mountain on a cattle ranch and one morning my husband was on his way to work and on the way to the gate from the property to the highway when a bear ran right in front of him. Needless to say he waited a while to open the gate LOL

    dz59001[at]gmail[dot]com

  2. I do enjoy reading series. They give me a chance to love worlds and characters fully.

    No bear stories thank goodness.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

  3. Hi,
    Congrats on the release soon:):)
    I love reading series.You get to learn the whole store about whats going on.
    I also love to read singgler books to.One thats just a hot jump in,those are always good to read.
    Um i have seen a bear pretty close when i lived out in colorado,My dad loved to camp in the mountains and bears think you are to shared your dinner..lol
    Thank you for the chance to win:):)
    elliott2668(at)yahoo(dot)com

  4. Thanks for the interview and sharing. Looking forward to read your book :D. I love reading series, but right now I often read just the first book of series and then decide to continue it or not. If enjoy it, I will continue to read the next, if not I will read anothers. There’s so many books at my TBR now.
    And I never see a bear, other than a zoo, lol!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    sawamura_foxman AT yahoo DOT com

  5. Hi! I love reading series!! The closest I’ve been to a bear is at the zoo and that was pleny close enough! I think reading is more like camping because you sit around a fire and relax! 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway!!

  6. Thanks for the giveaway!!
    I do enjoy reading a good series where I’m familiar with the characters and the world.Fated and Claimed look amazing!

    Janhvi
    justjanhvi at gmail dot com

  7. Is writing like camping or golf?!? That takes top points for creativity. I wouldn’t know since I have not a single creative bone in my body.

    I loved Fated and am looking forward to Claimed.

    I like series. If you like characters once, why wouldn’t you want to see what happens to them? I think series which continue to focus on one couple for a while at least (or maintain a strong role in at least the following book) has a slight edge over a new couple in each book.

    acm05atjuno.com

  8. I love series of books. I love to follow along with series and I follow a lot of them. I think my favs are the Anita Blake series by Laurell K Hamilton and Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost. Sometimes it feels like you are apart of it(with good writing) and you get to follow there life.
    I have to say the only time I have saw a bear is at a zoo and in Yogi Bear cartoons. I am very happy to say the I have zero bear sightings and incidents.
    I am not much of a writer so could not tell you if more like camping or golf. I don’t really care for either.
    You are a new author for me and am always looking for new authors and books to read. This book series looks great and would love to win and read it. I love to try new authors and series. I love to read when I am not working or spending time with my family. Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win.

  9. Great guest post today, i love hearing how different authors use different methods to write their stories. I love reading book series, when I read a series I love, i feel like I can never get enough and I’m always looking forward to future books. I have a bear story too… Me & DH were in Colorado Springs driving back to the hotel after dinner, and we made a wrong turn, and suddenly a mama bear and 3 cubs ran across the road, in a residential neighborhood! We were shocked, but it was super cool. You never know when a bear will show up 🙂 thanks so much for the contest! Book Savvy Babe
    booksavvybabe at gmail dot com

  10. Hi everybody! I would go through and comment individually, but…I’m at work. Yeah, I’m sneaking on right now. 🙂

    Thanks again to Nikki for having me over today! Good luck to everyone in the drawing!

  11. Hi Rebecca! I would desperately love to win a copy of Fated!!!! I haven’t been able to find a copy of it in any of the bookstores in the area, and I have heard such fantastic things about it. Thanks for the contest and congrats on the upcoming release! bpatrick64113@sbcglobal.net

  12. Probably 90% of the books I read are series or trilogies. I love getting to know the world, the rules and the characters. Series allow that to happen. I also find that you seem to bond much deeper with a character from a series than a standalone. As my time commitment is much deeper, I’m much more likely to purchase a series book than a standalone.

  13. Thank you for this post and giveaway… I am looking forward to meeting Rebecca up in Bellevue Washington at the end of October… Yes, Rebecca I will be the crazy fan with the video camera…. 😀 But it will be so much fun…
    I have my fingers crossed I would LOVE to win Claimed…

    Kelly M
    crazybookfairy(at)gmail(dot)com

  14. I love reading series that follow a different couple in each book but the couples from the each book are in all of them.
    sstrode at scrtc dot com

  15. I loved Fated and am looking forward to Claimed. I’ve only seen bears at a distant at Yellowstone Park which is probably for the best.

  16. Oh I love getting hooked on a great series,and you’ve definitely done that with Fated. You gave us a fascinating world filled with sexy characters that I can’t wait to learn more about. I love that you gave us brothers, fated mates, and vamps and shifters all in one series. I so can not wait to read Claimed.

    BTW, no bear sightings for this girl, ever, thank you very much, lol.

    cathy m
    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

  17. I love series books.Its pretty much all I read.
    These books sounds good.Please count me in for the giveaway
    elaing8(at)netscape(dot)net

  18. I run into bears often when hunting and picking huckleberries. (Rebecca & I are from the same area). So far they’ve been peaceful encounters but my man & I keep our guns close just in case. I can’t wait to read CLAIMED!

  19. Awesome giveaway, i’ve been dying to get my hands on fated!!! I have a love hate relationship with series 🙂 So many books now are made into series and I often find myself trying to play catch up. I pick up a book I really want and see I’m way behind and then have to back track and it get’s costly 🙂 I also love following a family or a series of friends or following one character through out their series. We get so much more info and get to delve more into the character’s in series, I feel more satisfied 🙂

    june111(at)att(dot)net

  20. I LOVE reading series! You get to revisit favorite characters 🙂
    I have never seen a bear up close– and I’m pretty sure I don’t wanna! 😉

  21. HI Rebecca! Hi Nikki! *waves frantically*
    I love reading series especially when you fall in love with characters and you can get an update when they make an appearance in the next book… Or secondary characters and you hope they get a book of there own!! I haven’t read any of your books yet Rebecca but your on my list!! Thank you for the awesome giveaway!!

  22. Hi Rebecca! Yes, I do love series especially if it means I get to re-visit a fascinating world and catch up with favourite characters again and again. Sometimes I’m torn because I never want a series to end but I do want some sort of closure. Speaking of series, yours is one I’d love to try.

    P.S. I actually have seen a bear before. It was in a park and there was a twist in the trail. Around the corner I saw the back of a cub and hightailed it out of there. Also saw an alligator once. We went swimming and noticed gators far up ahead. As we quickly left, on the way back we saw a sign warning of gators!! I think for now, I’ll settle for meeting wild animals in the stories I read or on tv.

  23. Yes, I love reading series. I enjoy revisiting characters from prior books. I have seen a bear up close. It was a small brown bear and it ran like crazy when it saw me! And then we saw another one crossing the street as we were driving out of the park.
    jepebATverizonDOTnet

  24. These books sound awesome! I love to find new authors, so thanks!
    I love to read a series because you get to fall in love with a town or group of characters instead of just a hero and heroine, and once you have fallen you get to visit them again in the next book in the series. My only complaint is it seems to me that authors have quit putting a reading order in their books for the readers to be able to read them in the correct order. 🙁

    Thanks for the chance to win and discover a new author!

    iarvd@yahoo.com

  25. I love Fated. I love series because I like seeing what other situations come up within the world. I also like seeing the stories of other characters. Thanks for the giveaway.

    smccar1 at hotmail dot com

  26. Hi Rebecca – we are currently scuba diving in Hawaii and I was just commenting on how the reason I love diving here is the unpredictability of the underwater world here. One day you see nothing, the next, 2 manta rays, a shark, and a couple of turtles. You just never know.

  27. Oh wow, These books sound fabulous! Yes, I really do like to read series books=)
    Thanks so much for the Guest post, really enjoyed it!

  28. I love the cover of both books. I am a serial series reader. I love the continuation of the story and the introduction of new characters. The down side to series are you have to wait so long for the next book. : (
    Umm… don’t really want to have a close encounter with a bear.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    kamwh1207(at)att(dot)net

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