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Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day to those folks in the USA!  May our troops come home safely and may everybody one day enjoy the sense of freedom. 

My post is a bit late today.  See…we went out on the lake.  It has rained the entire month of June in the Pacific NW, and today, finally, there was sun.  Glorious, hot, beautiful sun.  So we went out on the lake and had a nice brunch.  Now I’m home catching up.  First…this blog.  Then I have a deadline of next Monday, so lots of work to do.  ALSO…Consumed is released tomorrow.  Tomorrow!   (Well…maybe midnight tonight.  Just sayin. 🙂  )

So, I’m off to meet my deadline.  For now, here’s Consumed:

Sometimes You Mate For Life 

Katie Smith is the best of her class, part of an elite hunting force trained to eliminate werewolves from the hills of Western Virginia. She’s good at it because she has the kind of focus and drive that won’t back down no matter how steep the odds. Call it southern sass. Whatever it is, there’s no denying her willingness to risk everything for the only man she’s ever cared about–a man on the verge of losing his very humanity. . .

Sometimes You Mate To Stay Alive

For the past ten years Jordan Pride has dedicated his life to protecting his people from a deadly shifter virus. But in a rare moment of distraction, Jordan’s guard drops just long enough for his fate to take an irreversible twist. Unless the woman he loves surrenders everything to him, again and again, under a full moon rising. . .

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HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY – I hope there’s sunshine and freedom where you live!

Give me the Anti-Hero any Day…

I’ve been thinking about good guys, bad guys, and my favorite, dark heroes.  Years ago, the vampire/shifter/demon was the clear bad guy in the book.  Now, well, they’re the heroes.  Why?

I think it’s the attraction of the anti-hero.  I mean, a vampire is a clear anti-hero.  He lives by his own rules, he kills when necessary (and his idea of ‘necessary’ might be different from ours,) and he often has little interest in humanity.  But there is something in us, in our deep down romantic selves that wants to save the bad guy from himself.  To be the one who sees the good and somehow makes the hero see the good in himself. 

Don’t believe me?

Well now.  Let me ask you this.  Have you seen Phantom of the Opera?  If so…didn’t you root for the Phantom?  Just a little?  Yeah, he was murderous and probably insane.  But there was something so dangerous and sexy about him.  Could the right woman save him? 

Or, who was sexier—good Angel or bad Angel?  (Yes, we’re going back to Buffy and Angel times here).  But really.  Good Angel was sad, brooding, and even full of self-hatred.  Bad Angel was, well, funny.  Sarcastic, dangerous, and sexy as hell.  He knew what he wanted and he went out to get it.  Yeah, he had to go.  But while he was around, the show was at its best.

If you were living in Star Wars times…who would you choose?  Hans Solo or Luke Skywalker?  Luke was a good guy—honorable—selfless—sacrificing.  Hans wasn’t.  Yet when it comes to sexiness, there’s no comparison.  Why is that?  It’s because an anti-hero is the ultimate bad boy.  And we romantics sure like the bad boys, don’t we? 

How about a bad boy with a gun?  If you haven’t seen Timothy Olyphant in Justified yet, you really must.  He’s a U.S. Marshal who shoots a lot of people in ‘justified’ situations.  Yeah, he makes his own situations.

Rick Blain in Casablanca is often hailed as an anti-hero.  Sure, he’s selfish, sarcastic and rude.  But he’s revealed as a classic bad boy with a heart of gold.  Who makes the ultimate sacrifice for good.

So what is it about the bad boy?  He breaks the law, he makes his own laws, he even disregards the law.  But…when he loves…he does so completely.  The bad guy, the anti-hero, when he falls in love, his incredible power is focused completely and absolutely on that one woman.  Her safety, her happiness, becomes his goal.

Now that’s sexy.

A Down and Dirty Hero

It’s raining here in the Pac NW – like crazy.  So, besides writing, we’ve taken in a few movies lately.  I just went to Snow White and the Huntsman, and I enjoyed it.  Okay, I really enjoyed watching Chris Hemsworth in down and dirty warrior mode.  And Charlize Theron was amazing as the villain.  There’s nothing I love more than a good villain—well, except for a down and dirty hero.  🙂

But I did get to thinking…how has this story survived for so long?  The original Snow White was a German fairy tale from the early 1800s!  And yet, it’s on the silver screen yet again.  Is it the symbolism?  The red of blood and the white purity of snow?  Or is it the everlasting theme of good vs. evil?  Or is it the hero/heroine’s quest?

Maybe it’s all of the above.  You have large themes, horrible consequences if things go wrong…and hope.  And, good wins over evil. 

I mean, really.  What more could we want?

Doubt…Doubt…Doubt…

Progress always involves risks.  You can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first.  ~Frederick B. Wilcox

Yes, I’m having one of those days with doubt.  I’ve turned in my contracted books and am out of contract.  This means…time to go out on proposal, which is both an exciting and frightening time.  I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but the publishing industry is in a bit of a flux.  🙂

I golfed last week for the first time in about five years–and I was very doubtful before.  But hey…I guess it all comes back.  While I wasn’t a star by any means, I did all right.  Sure, my slice returned, but then I remembered how to deal with it.

Publishing is like golfing.  You need the right equipment, a good attitude, and tools to deal with that slice.  A stiff drink doesn’t hurt, either.  But no matter what…you have to take the shot, or you’ll never make it to the clubhouse and the amazing brunch.  🙂

So this summer I’m taking the shot…and I’ll let you know how it goes.  For now, I’ve finally seen the back cover copy of CONSUMED – and here it is:

Sometimes You Mate For Life 

Katie Smith is the best of her class, part of an elite hunting force trained to eliminate werewolves from the hills of Western Virginia. She’s good at it because she has the kind of focus and drive that won’t back down no matter how steep the odds. Call it southern sass. Whatever it is, there’s no denying her willingness to risk everything for the only man she’s ever cared about–a man on the verge of losing his very humanity. . .

Sometimes You Mate To Stay Alive

For the past ten years Jordan Pride has dedicated his life to protecting his people from a deadly shifter virus. But in a rare moment of distraction, Jordan’s guard drops just long enough for his fate to take an irreversible twist. Unless the woman he loves surrenders everything to him, again and again, under a full moon rising. . .

Also…when I get 100 ‘likes’ on the Consumed Amazon page…I’m going to post the first chapter on my FaceBook page.  Hint…Hint…

Consumed is available now for pre-order:

Everyone have a wonderful rest of the week!

Give Me a Hero with an Edge

Hi all!  I revealed the cover for Consumed this week – what do you think?  Nice abs, huh?  🙂  The tough body fits the hero (Jordan, a lion shapeshifter) perfectly, and I started thinking about heroes.  Well, and heroines.  I like ’em all with an edge.

Nothing against the clean-cut, boy next door, good guy…but I like a bit of darkness in a character.  (And I’d rather not examine too closely why).  LOL

Take Raylan Givens from Justified.  Sure, he’s the good guy.  But man, he shoots a lot of people, and he has his own code.  There’s nothing too clean-cut about this guy…yet I root for him every week.  He also makes some terrible mistakes, but you can see why he makes them.  Even better,  you can see how he learns from them.  I guess it comes down to having a hero who isn’t perfect.  What fun is perfection?  (Unless you’re talking about abs, of course).

Mary Shannon from In Plain Sight is another great example.  She’s sarcastic, snide, and lacks patience.  But she’ll do anything for her friends and family…including taking a bullet.  And even though she really doesn’t want to care, she cares deeply about the witnesses she protects.  So deeply it really ticks her off.  🙂

I guess flaws are what make people interesting…and why we cheer so hard for certain characters.  Overcoming those flaws makes for a good hero or heroine.  What do you think makes for a good character?  (Besides rippled abs?)   🙂

Aloha from Maui!

Hi all!  We’re on spring break in Maui right now and have seen whales, sharks, and some awesome surfers.  Okay, the sharks were in the aquarium, but the rest I saw in the ocean.  I even offered to teach my niece and her friend how to surf since I took surfing as a PE credit in college.  They just laughed.  I mean, really.

Though I did go body boarding with my daughter yesterday.  I woke up today with sand in all sorts of places…and a lot of aches and pains.  So, I’m not sixteen any more?  When the heck did that happen?

Tempted released yesterday and reached higher on the Amazon rankings than I’ve hit before.   So a big thank you to everyone who downloaded it!  It was #76 on Kindle Romance books and #89 on all Romance books.  Very exciting!  Of course, I’ve already received the expected Amazon review that says, ‘it’s too short.’  It’s a novella…it’s supposed to be about 100 pages.  🙂 

If you get the chance to read Tempted, which is Max’s story…let me know what you think.  I hope you like it!

Until next time, I’m off to the beach again.  Even if my body realizes I’m not a teenager any longer, my brain refuses to admit the fact.  Boogey board…here I come!

Win a copy of Hunted

Hi all!  I’m home sick with the flu/cold deal going around, and am also over at eBookObsessed giving away a copy of Hunted.  Click on the link and leave a comment over there for a chance to win – I’d love to send the book to one of our DT Followers!

I have recovered from New Orleans and Vegas…pretty much…and will soon post some pictures and stories about them.  But for now, guess what?  Publisher’s Weekly just reviewed Hunted – here it is:

The fast-paced third Dark Protectors adventure (after Fated and Claimed) sends vampire prince Conn to Ireland in search of Moira, the witch he claimed as a mate a century before. War between the vampires of the Realm and the deadly Kurjans is heating up, and the vampires need their witch allies more than ever, so it’s vital Conn and Moira get over their differences once and for all. Moira’s reluctant to give in to Conn’s demands, especially when the leaders of her people are vanishing without a trace and she’s the next likely target. Only together can these two unite their races against external threats and internal struggles. Zanetti continues to mix action, passion, and intrigue as she picks up on threads from the previous books. Strong chemistry and steamy love scenes make up for a mildly uneven plot and pseudoscientific hand waving. Agent: Caitlin Blasdell, Liza Dawson Associates. (May)  

So…I’ll take it.  🙂  I hope everyone has a great rest of the week and stays healthy!!!

I Survived Las Vegas!

Twenty of us (YES, 20) headed to the city of sin to celebrate our friend’s birthday.  Her name is Brandie Chapman, and she had no idea we were heading to Vegas last Friday.  In fact, we loaded her on the bus to head for the airport…and dropped her off at a little casino outside of Spokane.  She looked so lost!  Then we let her back on the bus and headed to the airport.

The people on the plane thought we were funny.  Okay.  We thought the people on the plane thought we were funny.  They probably actually wanted us knocked out.  The casino folks at New York New York were wonderful and very helpful.  It’s a great place to stay!

So…we had one trip to the hospital, one trip to the underground rooms to fetch one of my troublemakers, two jackpots…saw way too many male butts at the Thunder Down Under show…(okay, maybe there were just the right amount), and fun memories that’ll last forever.

A few of us had the penthouse…and it was awesome.  I’ll post pictures at some point.  In a couple of hours I’m heading to the FF&P conference in New Orleans, so I’m rushing around a little bit.  If you’re in New Orleans, drop by the public book signing on Sunday at the Marriott on Canal Street.  I hope to see you there!  🙂

I’m Heading to the Big Easy…

Happy February!  I just pulled up my calendar to see where I’ll be when and guess what?  The FF&P conference is in New Orleans at the end of the month.  The conference actually starts on March 2nd, but I’m going a day early to play in the French Quarter.  This conference worked out with my college schedule this year, and I’m so glad I get to go.  I have never been there before.

In fact, I’ll be giving a workshop on “Ten Craft Blunders that may be Holding You Back.”  Sound like fun, right?  Here’s the outline and a handout.

What’s awesome is that the beginning few chapters of Consumed (Dark Protectors Book 4) take place in New Orleans.  So we’ll see how close I came to reality.  Plus, I think copy edits won’t arrive until after I’m home, so I can tweak if necessary.

One night a bunch of us are going on a vampire tour.  I also want to take the cemetery tour while I’m there.  Maybe the vampires will be in the cemeteries.  I’m hoping!

There will be a public book signing at the conference, so if you’re in the area, please drop by.  It’ll be on Sunday, March 4th from 9am until 11am at the New Orleans Marriott.

 And you find as a writer there are certain spots on the planet where you write better than others, and I believe in that. And New Orleans is one of them.  –Jimmy Buffett

Come and Get Me, 2012!

Happy New Year!  Sure, it’s the 4th of January, and I forgot it was my turn to blog today, but hey, HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I think good ole Oprah said it best:    “Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.”  ~Oprah Winfrey

Except, well, I think I may have already goofed up.  We have new neighbors.  They’re probably really nice people.  But here’s the situation.  The other day I was home writing.  (Trying to get as much finished as possible before going back to the college this week).  Well, like most writers, I was wearing a comfy pair of yoga pants.  You know, the kind that are cropped right below the knee?  Yeah, comfy.

And a pair of thick, warm socks.  I can’t write without warm socks on.  It’s weird but it’s me.  So, one sock was pink with blue stripes, the other black with red dots.  Really, they’re warm, I’m inside, and who cares.  Right?

I also had on a ripped T-shirt.  Comfy.  (Getting the theme here?).  My hair was kinda up in sort of a rubber band, and I had no makeup on.  (You think you know where I’m going, but believe me, I’m not there yet).

So, I figure out where I’d left my IPod – in the car!  Now, the car is in the garage, as it should be.  But it has been snowing, the floor of the garage is wet, and hey, it’s cold.  So, I throw on my brown cowboy boots that were by the door.  Okay, they’re kind of cowboy boots.  They’re shaped like cowboy boots, but they only come up right past the ankles.  My socks are longer.

I also throw on my husband’s thick, red, comfy coat.  My hubby is six-foot-five, so the coat comes down almost to my knees.  And…I grab lipstick I put by the door and put it on.  Don’t ask me why.  I thought maybe I should have lipstick on–it’s dry outside–and my lips are chapped.  But…this was a tube I’d gotten out before a big party the other night–oh yeah–bright red. 

So, I go outside wearing the red lipstick, long furry coat, half cowboy boots, yoga pants that only come to my knees and mistmatched socks.  And bright red lipstick.

Guess what?  Yep.  My husband had left the garage door open.  As I walked outside, my new neighbor had just gotten his paper, looked up, and smiled.  I had that moment when I could run back inside (even though he had clearly seen me), or suck it up and stammer something stupid about not usually looking ridiculous.

In the end, I did neither.  I shook his hand, gave my name, and said welcome to the neighborhood.  I wonder how long they’ll stay?   🙂

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