Please join me in welcoming Rebecca Zanetti as we celebrate her debut book, FATED.
Oh, the cover is delicious! And Rebecca's bio is impressive:
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.
Rebecca: Hi Kim! Thanks so much for having me here today.
Kim: We're glad you could join us! Last week we talked about visits to the White House, but you have a different "presidential" experience as an intern for President Reagan?!?! It must have been prestigious but also challenging. Can you share a special moment from your internship?
Rebecca: Great question and one moment really stands out. Interning with President Reagan’s office in California was truly an amazing experience. I interned during the time the Ronald Regan Library opened, and the dedication ceremonies were the first time in United States history that five United States Presidents gathered together in the same place. After all the speeches, Lee Greenwood sang “God Bless the USA.” Right as the song finished, F-14 jets did a flyby, the boom echoing across the sky. I swear, I tear up even now thinking about it.
|Five Presidents recreate the Oval Office|
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.
Kim: What exactly does an art curator do? What is your favorite form of art and/or time period?
Rebecca: Well, all I did as an art curator was set up showings with western art galleries and then go and have a good time. I think the title was a bit misleading. But, I was right out of college, and it was a great job for while. I like western art from artists such as C.M. Russell, E.W. Gollings, Olaf Seltzer and Stephen Lyman.
|Seeing Santa by C.M. Russell|
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.
Kim: What is it about the Pacific Northwest that breeds vampires ala Twilight?!?!
Rebecca: A lot of paranormal writers are from the Northwest, I have to admit. Really, we’re not hiding vampires around here. (Though if we were, we probably wouldn’t tell). I love the lakes, rivers and mountains. In the summer we spend a lot of time at the lake and we snowmobile and ski in the winter.
Kim: I see you are attending RT - what you are most excited to do and/or who you want to meet?
Rebecca: I will come and meet you! This is my first RT, so I’m not sure where to go or what to do. The conference looks like a wild time, and I’m sure I’ll find my niche. This will be the first time I’ve met my editor from Kensington in person, so I’m really looking forward to that.
Kim: Tell us about FATED and what's next for Rebecca Zanetti.
Rebecca: FATED is a dark, sexy paranormal book about a vampire trying to protect a single mother who might hold the key to protecting the entire vampire race. CLAIMED, book two, will be released in November, and book three HUNTED should hit the shelves in spring of 2012.
And more immediately, I’d love to give away a signed copy of FATED to one commenter here.
Cara Paulsen does not give up easily. A scientist and a single mother, she’s used to doing whatever it takes to protect her daughter. But “Whatever it takes” has never before included a shotgun wedding to a dangerous stranger with an attitude problem…
Sure, the mysterious Talen says that he’s there to protect Cara and her daughter. 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…
Kim: Mahalo, Rebecca, for joining us and giving away a signed copy of FATED.
Rebecca offers two excerpts on her website - Excerpt A and Excerpt B. She also have an excerpt for CLAIMED. You can also read reviews, including one from the uber-talented Kate Douglas (who has generously donated to SOS America). To enter the giveaway,
1. Leave a comment about fate in your life.
I'll share mine: Two years ago, we lived on Fort Meade (near Baltimore). I assumed my husband was being reassigned to the Pentagon so I thought he could just commute, thus saving us from having to move houses and schools. But fate brought us to Hawaii ... and voila, the SOS Aloha blog!
2. This giveaway is open to US residents only. Comments are open through Saturday, February 19, 10 pm in Hawaii to enter the giveaway.
3. If you are a new to SOS Aloha (US or international), I would like to share Aloha with you. Send your mailing address to firstname.lastname@example.org for a Hawaiian treat!
Kim in Hawaii
I spent quite some time at Rebecca's website including the tab Bad Moon Rising.
BAD MOON RISING is a round robin story Cynthia Eden put together for her Halloween month-long celebration. (Cynthia LOVES Halloween!)
So Cynthia started the story and passed it along to Shelli Stevens, who added to it before sending it to Juliana Stone and then Jess Granger. Finally, it arrived in my in-box and I wrote the ending. Here are the five parts of the story….I hope you like it! (To access the story, go back up to the drop-down menu under “Bad Moon Rising.)