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Exclusive Excerpt & Giveaway: Only a few more months to wait for Marked, the final Dark Protectors book!

Exclusive Excerpt & Giveaway: Only a few more months to wait for Marked, the final Dark Protectors book!

by davincikittieAugust 28, 2014

Please help me welcome back one of my favorite authors, Rebecca Zanetti!

I absolutely love being back here at GraveTells for the fun celebration for DavinciKittie! Happy Party-Time to an amazing blogger, reviewer, and friend! Some of you might not know this, but DVK knows how to roll with the punches, often choosing just the right refreshment for the moment…or knowing where to buy an umbrella during a monsoon when the rest of us are running frantically through rain. <DVK: I tried to find a picture of this! It’s too bad I don’t have one, because that was a funny sight – you guys running through the rain and me with the parasol! *wink*>

She’s calm, cool, and up for any adventure. Much like my heroine in MARKED, Janie Kayrs. Marked is the tenth and final book in the Dark Protector series, and it’ll be released on December 22nd. Here’s a quick snippet that hasn’t been seen anywhere else:

Zane walked across the sand, combat boots leaving large indents. Rain beat against his dark T-shirt, outlining ripped muscles in an impressive chest. Cargo pants covered his powerful legs as they ate up the distance between them. Even through the rain, his green eyes sizzled in a masculine face. Soon, he reached her, his expression guarded.
So many questions whirled through her that her mind blanked. “Why?” she whispered.
Something flashed in his eyes, and those generous lips smirked. “Why what?”
That easily, that quickly, she roared from sad to furious. In one smooth, well-trained motion, she slid back a foot, pivoted, and nailed him in the cheek with a right cross. The hit shocked her probably more than him.
Zane’s head jerked back.
Pain ripped from her wrist to her shoulder. His jaw was made of granite.
Thunder split the imaginary sky in waves of blue and red.
He pivoted back toward her, danger cascading off him.
Her wrist aching, she punched again.
This time he blocked her, easily capturing her fist in one broad palm. “No fighting in dream worlds, remember?” he rumbled, closing his hand over hers in warning. The thunder clapped again as if in agreement, a deadly reminder of when Zane and Kalin had come to blows in a dream world that had nearly exploded.
Violence wouldn’t be tolerated in the dream worlds, and Janie tried to pull herself back to reality. To start thinking and stop feeling.
Too late. Regret, pain, sorrow—every emotion slamming through her ripped to the surface, and all she could do was fight. She slammed a fist into his gut and then pivoted to nail him in the thigh.
With a low growl, he took her down.
Her butt hit the sand first, followed by her head. Zane sprawled over her, one hand manacling her wrists above her head, his jeans soaking hers.
Fire lanced through her so quickly her breath heated. Well over two hundred pounds of hard-muscled warrior pressed her into the soft sand, making it nearly impossible to gain purchase and fight. Air panted out of her lungs, rubbing her breasts against him.
Desire flared her nerves awake, multiplied to the nth power by the fury consuming her. She struggled futilely against him, her hips bucking. This was her dream world, and she’d change it.
Sucking in air, she tried to concentrate.
“Stop.” Zane gripped her hip, yanking her closer.
The world stilled as his groin met hers. An erection harder than steel pressed against her. Heat pooled at the apex of her legs, stunning her with need, and lava unleashed through her body with an intensity unmatched by any other feeling. Ever.
He groaned. “Don’t try to leave the world. We’re not done yet.” His hold tightened.
She bit back a whimper at the unreal thirst, fighting the very real urge to pin him with her thighs and rub against him to find relief. Any relief from the fierce demand gripping her body.
His hardness shut down her brain, and she needed to think. To focus and plan. “Let go of me,” she breathed out.
“No.” He lifted his head to pin her with a hungry gaze. “I hadn’t wanted to talk this way, but here we are.”

I hope you enjoyed the excerpt, and Happy Celebrations!!!

Marked (Dark Protectors #7) by Rebecca ZanettiJanie Kayrs has known Zane almost her whole life. He was her friend in the dream world. She trusted him. But that was before he kidnapped her, spiriting her away to an isolated cabin to learn what her dreams never told her. Like how dangerous he looks. How he got on the wrong side of the negotiating table. And how much sexier he is in real life…

Zane is a battle-hardened warrior, used to command and solitude. But Janie has drawn him from the minute they met. His need for her could destroy everything he’s worked for, but the risk is too sweet not to take it. They call her the Chosen One. But when it comes down to the questions of peace or war, life or death, safety or passion, it will be Janie who makes the choice…

You can pre-order (or buy, depending on when you read this) Marked at Amazon here!

Read more about the Dark Protectors series, our 2012 Series of the Year, here!


You can enter to win two different ways with today’s post from Rebecca Zanetti!

  1. Leave a comment or question on this post for Rebecca about Marked or the Dark Protectors series, then fill out the prize widget on this page below. Up for grabs are TWO physical copies of Hunted (Dark Protectors #3), and if you are a winner who lives in the US, you’ll get a signed copy! Open to world-wide shipping (non-signed version for non-US addresses due to customs limitations).
  2. Pin, share, tweet, and comment on this post as part of DVK’s August 2014 Prizepalooza celebration. More info below!

About the author

Rebecca Zanetti PicNew York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Rebecca Zanetti writes dark paranormals, romantic suspense, and contemporary romances. She’s sold from the slush pile, from auction, from pre-empt, and most recently from a short conversation with an editor that turned into a five book deal. She believes strongly in luck, karma, and working her butt off…and she thinks one of the best things about being an author, unlike the lawyer she used to be, is that she can let the crazy out. Currently, she is writing the bestselling Dark Protector series from Kensington, with the tenth book, MARKED, being released in December; the bestselling Sin Brothers series from Grand Central, with TOTAL SURRENDER, book 4, being released in March of 2015, and finally, the Maverick Montana series from Entangled, with RISING ASSETS, the third book, hitting the New York Times and the USA Today Bestseller lists. Find Rebecca online at

GraveTells 2013 Author of the Year: Rebecca Zanetti GraveTells 2012 Author of the Year: Felicity Heaton


You could win one of these….! Click the prize photo below to go to the contest page to enter.

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About The Author
Sue "DaVinciKittie" Brown-Moore is a veteran romance blogger and reviewer and the primary voice for Sue has been shamelessly pimping book boyfriends since 2010 and has won several blogging awards with GraveTells. Sue is also a freelance Developmental Editor passionate about helping authors bring out the best in their stories. She loves reading romance, fantasy, and sci-fi and edits any genre she reads for pleasure. You can follow Sue's editing blog, with tips and tricks for authors, at
  • August 29, 2014 at 7:08 am

    Hey DVk & Rebecca! Great excerpt. I haven’t even touched this series yet, but I’m absolutely in love with the Sins Brothers, so I’m guessing this series is just as awesome. Just as soon as I’m done here, I’m off to goodreads and Amazon to check them out.

    And I soooo wish that running in the rain picture existed! If you find it, you’d better post! LOL


    • August 29, 2014 at 4:54 pm

      Hunted is actually how I found Rebecca, so when she offered to give it away on this post I was really stoked. Check out my review of Hunted where I compare Conn’s magnetism to Night Huntress’s Bones:

      (really shoulda put that link in the original post, doh!)

      If you like Sins Brothers and you also like vampires, the Dark Protectors series is a definite no-brainer! It’s one of my favorite PNR series of all time, which is partly why I’m so sad to see it go but really excited at the same time to see the ending. Be forewarned – the Kayrs brothers are extremely alpha, all of them. 😉

  • Linda
    August 29, 2014 at 7:22 am

    Love this series and can´t wait for my chance to return there!! *grabby hands*
    THanks for the giveaway & Happy Friday!

  • erinf1
    August 29, 2014 at 8:07 am

    congrats to Rebecca on the newest release!!! I’m just starting this series so I’m sad to hear it’s ending. What are you doing to celebrate?

  • Cindy
    August 29, 2014 at 8:46 am

    I love this series…I’m so sad that it’s about to end.
    I hope that Marked knocks out the park.
    Congrats on a very successful series.

  • August 29, 2014 at 10:26 am

    Great excerpt. I love love love this series. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity. Congratulations Rebecca on the upcoming release.

  • JoAnna B
    August 29, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    I love this series and can’t wait to finally read Janie’s story. It it going to be sad to say goodbye to these characters but I’m so looking forward to see the showdown between Janie, Kalin and Zane. Thanks for sharing this world with us.

    • August 29, 2014 at 5:18 pm

      Me too, JoAnna! The whole Kalin/Janie/Zane situation has been a little vague even though I think we all agree she’s supposed to be with Zane. Still though, I’m really looking forward to seeing how Rebecca has it all play out!

  • Janie McGaugh
    August 29, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    Wow; that’s a really attention-grabbing excerpt (and the heroine has my name, too!).

  • Una
    August 29, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    I love this series. I know series have to end but I could continue to read about the Realm forever. Can’t wait for Marked to see how it all comes about.

  • Mary Preston
    August 30, 2014 at 1:54 am

    It’s always sad when a series ends, but it does give you the chance for a back to back romp.

  • Toni Whitmire
    August 30, 2014 at 5:33 am

    I just love the excerpt because now I have to read the whole series.

  • Judy
    August 30, 2014 at 9:23 am

    Just love Rebecca Zanetti’s Dark Protector Series. The excerpts are exciting. Can’t wait for Marked.

  • Amber
    August 30, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    I’ve read a couple in this series and loved them! I need to get the rest! Can’t wait to read this one!

  • Missie Jones
    August 30, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    OMG what an excerpt. HOT HOT HOT Another book to add to my growing TBR list…lol

  • Missie Jones
    August 30, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    would like to add that the feedburner confirmation by email is not working for me. I have been already subscribed for like 2 or 3 yrs. So its not taking it where im already a subscriber.

    missie25524 *at* netzero . com

  • Juana Esparza
    August 30, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    I can’t wait to read this book. I love this series all of your books are keepers.

  • Danielle Meek
    September 2, 2014 at 10:30 am

    I’m a huge Rebecca Zanetti fan… Can’t wait to read Marked!

  • September 14, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    Congratulations to Amber and Missie on each winning a copy of Hunted! Thanks to everyone who came out to join in the celebration and to Ms. Zanetti for her generous giveaway!

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