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Alexandra Monzelle is a hard-fighting, heat-packing Seattle vice cop, and she’s not much interested in being protected. Her short skirt and sex-kitten heels are tools to lure her suspects into talking about the deadly new drug hitting the streets. She can take care of herself and then some. Unfortunately, she can’t seem to get that through to Kellach Dunne.

Kellach is a fresh import from Dublin, and he’s landed at the heart of a vicious motorcycle club that deals in guns, narcotics, and mayhem. He’s all male, all rough power—and all interference in her damn investigation. Maybe he’s one of the good guys. Maybe not. Lex knows an affair with an immortal like him would risk everything. No matter how delicious he looks…

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What NOT to say to an Author

I love being an author, and I’m truly thankful at the chance to do what I really want to do and somehow make a living at it.  I mean, I make stuff up and people pay me.  How great is that?

But every once in a while, something tickles me, and I have to share.  (There are a couple of expletives in this post, FYI).  Also, please take this in the vein of fun in which I wrote it.  There are more than a few authors out there, and you guys will know exactly what I’m talking about.  You readers probably will, too…maybe.  So here it is.

  1.  I have a great idea for a book.  How about I give you the idea, you write it, and we’ll split the profits?

The appropriate response:  Thanks so much for thinking of me, but I’m pretty swamped with deadlines right now and don’t have time for another project.

The real response, which might be bitten back or not:  Are you fucking kidding me?  I have seventeen books out, ten more in the pipeline, and the last thing I need is your idea.  The idea is the easy part.  You go park your ass in a chair and crank out 95,000 words.  Then you rearrange those words in a pattern that makes sense.  And tells a good story. And has character arcs, creates threads, finishes threads, and provides enjoyment for anybody ponying up money to read it. 

2.  I’d like to write a book, I just don’t have enough time.

The appropriate response:  Man, there’s just not enough time in general, is there?

The real response:  If you wanted to write a freakin book, saying you actually could, you could find the time.  I’ve written in the hospital (both as a patient and as a visitor), on planes, in airports, in carpool lines…you get it.  And during times of having another full time job and busy kids.  If it’s important, find the time, and don’t make it sound like those of us who’ve actually written a book somehow found and bribed the great time-fairy to give us more.  There is no more.

3. You’re so lucky you’re creative and can just sit and write. 

The appropriate response:  Fuck you.

The real response:  I am grateful for creativity and brain synapses that work well.  However, I have to say, that writing does take work.  No, I’m not digging a ditch all day breaking my back (although sitting all day ain’t good for it, I’ve learned), and my fingers are on a keyboard and not skidding across some guy’s brain trying to remove a tumor.  If I goof up, I move on, and nobody dies.  I get that.  I understand that.  But writing is about 10% natural creativity and 90% learning craft, business, etc…and sitting in the chair and actually working.  There’s no magical fairy dust or lovely muse that just perches and vomits a good story.  Although now I want to write a book about a fairy muse that pukes reality and somehow shifts the cosmos.  Hmmmm.  Was that the idea you had originally?  Because it is good.  Maybe we’ll have to revisit the 50-50.

4. Your books are doing well because your publishers promote you so much.

Appropriate response:  I like my publishers and they work hard…and I’m grateful for them.

Real response:  I like my publishers, and they work hard, and I’m grateful for them.  However, in effect, what you’re saying is that success is all about promotion and nothing about the book.  I don’t think so.  More than ever, especially this coming year, we’re going to see good books sell and okay books not sell – no matter on the promotion, marketing, or latest advertising fad.  I also like to think that I might have something to do with the books doing well.  That studying craft, writing sixteen hours a day, promoting like a mother-effer…you know.  I’ve contributed.  Yeah, I’m lucky, and yeah, I know it.  Doesn’t mean I haven’t worked my butt off, too. 

5. You published the wrong way.

Appropriate response:  Big punch to the face.

Real response:  Double punch with a kick to the balls/groin area.  Nobody, and I mean nobody, has the right to tell you how to create or how to live your life.  I don’t care if you’re solely traditionally published, solely self-published, Hybrid or Indie (and for the record, I’m not even sure labels make sense any longer), however you decide to get your work out there is your decision and it’s the right one for you. 

I like how I’m published.  I really like the people I work with.  I’m doing well, much better than I would’ve imagined, with the traditional publishing path I’ve taken.  Period.  Will I branch out?  It’s entirely possible, but who the heck knows?  Right now, it’s about the book, and it’ll always be about the book. 

This was fun, and I had fun writing it. :)  Now I have to go park my butt in the chair and crank out words.  Another big thanks for helping MARKED to hit the NY Times list!!!  It looks like the Sin Brothers are still on sale, as is Against the Wall from those Maverick MT cowboys.  Just a thought…

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Party Like it’s 2015!

NYTLOGOWow!  Can you believe it’s 2015?  Neither can I.  First, let me say a huge, larger than life, heart-felt THANK YOU for making sure MARKED hit the New York Times Bestseller list.  I appreciate the support and all of the kind reviews I’ve been reading.  It’s hard to express how much it means to me.

So, what’s up for 2015?  For me, I’m hoping for a year of peace, family, and health.  You know – the good stuff that all ties together.  I have quite a few deadlines as well as book signings/conferences planned, but while I’m home, I want to make sure to hit all of the kids’ games and also have a date night once a week with Big Tone.  And I also want to get into shape and feel healthy again, which is tough to do when sitting at a computer all day.  So I need to work on that.

Marked.ZanettiAs for career, we have some good stuff planned already for 2015.  First, Blind Faith releases in print on the 27th of this month.  And then…we have Jory’s story, Total Surrender, releasing on March 31st.  Both my editor and early reviewers have stated that Jory’s now their favorite brother after reading it.  So I’m hopeful you’ll like it.  :)

Then we have a brand new series, a spinoff of the Dark Protectors, debuting in June.  Wicked Ride features Kellach Dunne, the badass, bike riding, witch enforcer from Ireland who’s pissed as all get out to be stuck in Seattle chasing down a drug manufacturer.  Throw in a sexy cop who has no problem shooting him, and let’s just say the alleys of Seattle get a workout. 

After that, we have Hawk and Dawn’s book from the Maverick Montana gang…and it’s a fun one!  Tons of sexy laughs with a little intrigue…and I’m hoping we come up with a name and a release date sometime this month.  I’ll let you know!

Provoked will be released in print in April, and Marked will have a print release in August, so if you’re looking for those in print, hit Books-A-Million either in the stores or online.

Then we have Scorpius Rising, which is the prequel novella in the Scorpius Syndrome series.  It’ll be in the On the Hunt anthology along with Alexandra Ivy, Dianne Duvall, and Hannah Jayne in August.  The Scorpius books are a new, gritty, sexy series with tons of surprises.  The first full book, Mercury Striking, is the one I signed with a film/TV agent, so I’ll keep you updated.

In December, we’ll have Teased, a Dark Protector novella, in one of the 1001 Dark Nights books.  Very excited for that one!  Remember Chalton, the computer guru?  Yeah.  He’s more than that.

Other than that, we’re talking now about a spinoff for those Dean Brothers – there has to be more brothers out there, right?  Can you imagine being a lone soldier, a badass, and finding out those Dean boys are your brothers whether you like it or not?  They’re not the type to give up on family, now are they?

So, that’s what’s shaping up (get it, ha-ha…I’m shaping up, too) for 2015.  Yes, there will be more bad puns, many hottie pictures on Facebook, and more tales about the family.  I hope that you and your family have a wonderful 2015, and I hope you chase your dreams until you catch them. 

XO  Rebecca

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Get Marked Today for the Discounted Price

MARKED TYHi all!  I hope you had a very Merry Christmas, or whatever holiday you celebrate!  We had a lot of fun with family and good cheer.  I wanted to pop by today to remind everyone that Marked is still available at the discounted price, and I’m not sure how much longer that will last.  We already have 114 five-starred reviews on Amazon, and the book hasn’t been out a week yet.  I checked for highlights in Kindle books, and here are a couple:

“Hold on, and when we get to your home, stay out of the way when your father tries to kill me.”  (Zane says this to Janie)

“At the end of these talks, regardless of books, science, and geographic boundaries, Janie becomes mine.”  (Zane says this to a bunch of folks)

“When he kisses me, the world makes sense , and when he orders me around, I want to kick him in the balls.” She plucked at a loose string on a pillow. “And more than anything, I want to be his everything.”  (Janie says this)

“I’ve loved you every second of this life, and if I died, I’d love you every second of the next. That, my beautiful Janie Belle, is something neither fate , destiny , nor stubborn will change.  Ever.”

So, if you received a gift card, and you’d like to buy Marked, now is the sales time.  (And this first week of sales goes toward the bestselling lists, just so you know.  :)  )

Have a wonderful rest of the weekend!!!

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MARKED is available!

I can’t believe we’re finally to December 22nd.  After nine stories, nine happily ever afters, nine couples…we’re at the tenth and final story.  Zane and Janie’s book is here!!!  I hope you enjoy it.  :)

MARKED RELEASES!

 

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