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Interview & Giveaway (US/Int): Up close and personal with Hunted’s Connlan Kayrs

Interview & Giveaway (US/Int): Up close and personal with Hunted’s Connlan Kayrs

by davincikittieAugust 6, 2012

Ever since reading Hunted, the third novel in Rebecca Zanetti’s Dark Protector series, I have had a massive crush on the hero, vampire badass Connlan Kayrs… like Bones-from-Night-Huntress massive.  When Hunted won GT’s Book of the Month award in May, I knew I just had to try for a Signature interview with him.  Apparently, I was in a spunky, nosey mood the day we met up, because I asked some fairly personal questions and Conn was… well, why don’t you check it out and see for yourself?! *grin*

Please help me welcome Connlan Kayrs from Rebecca Zanetti’s Dark Protector series!

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A huge huge thank you goes out to Rebecca Zanetti for being such a great sport with this interview and for being so patient with my missed deadlines (man, moving is seriously bad for my productivity around here!)… and for letting me play with Conn.  *grin*  I had a blast and he behaved himself way better than I’d expected; in fact, he behaved himself a hell of a lot better than I did!  And gave me a birthday present – so sweet!!  <3 <3 <3  These Signature interviews are time-intensive on both the part of the GT interviewer and the author, so I truly appreciate all the effort Ms. Zanetti put into this.  I hope you guys enjoyed it!

There’s a giveaway below that you definitely won’t want to miss, but first here’s a little more info on the books referenced in this interview…

Ready Or Not

Moira Dunne is a witch–the quantum physics kind. Time and space are her playthings. Which might explain why her one-night stand from a hundred years ago has turned up to “claim” her–and request her family’s assistance with the war he’s brewing. But the more she learns about Connlan Kayrs, the more she comes to think this is normal behavior for him. . .

There’s Nowhere To Hide

When Conn and Moira tumbled on the moonlit grass, Conn hadn’t meant to mark her as his mate for all time. She was only twenty! But it wasn’t easy to wait for her. It was even harder to forget her. So when he finally returns for his wicked-hot witch, he’s ready to let the sparks fly. Even if he burns up in flames. . .

See Hunted’s Book of the Month award here
Read the GraveTells review of Hunted here!
Buy Hunted for Kindle, in paperback & for Nook
See it on GoodReads here

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. . .

Buy Consumed for Kindlefor Nook
See it on GoodReads here

About the author

Rebecca Zanetti has worked as an art curator, Senate aide, lawyer, college professor, and a hearing examiner – only to culminate it all in stories about Alpha males and the women who claim them. She is a member of RWA, has won awards for her works throughout the industry, and has a journalism degree with a poly sci emphasis from Pepperdine University as well as a Juris Doctorate from the University of Idaho.
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. She resides in the wild north with her husband, children, and extended family who inspire her every day—or at the very least give her plenty of characters to write about. 

Please visit Rebecca at: http://www.rebeccazanetti.com/

Giveaway (US/Int)

Ms. Zanetti is giving away one signed (!) physical copy of Hunted and 2 Dark Protector sticky notepads.  To enter to win…

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About The Author
Sue "DaVinciKittie" Brown-Moore is a veteran romance blogger and reviewer and the primary voice for GraveTells.com. 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 DaVinciKittie.com.
  • August 6, 2012 at 3:54 am

    Your books look great, Rebecca. Question: Why did you have so many careers in your life?

    • August 6, 2012 at 4:30 pm

      Hi there! Great question. I’m not sure–I think I always need a challenge and get bored easily. Art was fun, and so was politics, but neither seemed like something I wanted to do forever.

      I enjoyed the law but not the fighting. I never lost in trial and still get job offers from law firms and private companies, so I could always go back to law. But writing is more fun. 🙂

  • August 6, 2012 at 6:01 am

    Congratulations Rebecca. We would welcome the opportunity to read and review your books at The Reading Cafe. All the best.


  • sienny
    August 6, 2012 at 6:08 am

    love the interview! especially “Will you… um… show me your teeth? Ah, no, your, er… other… teeth.” part :))

  • Phyllis Marshall
    August 6, 2012 at 6:16 am

    Good morning and thank you for this post and giveaway!!! I love all of the Kayrs brothers…and all their shifter allies as well!!! Rebecca’s books just draw you in and you are immediately transported to the world of the Dark Protectors. Would love to add this one to my Print library!!! Thanks for your books, Rebecca!!

  • lori meehan
    August 6, 2012 at 6:18 am

    Rebecca I love your books.
    My question is: Rebecca do you think that with all the jobs you’ve had that they have in some way added to the story land in your head? Which by the way I’d like to visit. Lol.

    • August 6, 2012 at 4:35 pm

      Hi Lori! My head is an odd place to live… 🙂 I do think the jobs and all the people I’ve encountered do add to the stories. Also, being a lawyer has helped to hone my writing down – in both worlds, you’re trying to convince somebody of something. 🙂

  • August 6, 2012 at 6:39 am

    Hi Rebecca! I am CONSUMED with anticipation for the next in the series 😉 But so far,.which one of the Dark Protector couples was easier for you to write about?

    • August 6, 2012 at 4:37 pm

      Ohh – that’s a hard question! 🙂 Honestly, I think that Max and Sarah were probably the easiest because they were both blank slates at the beginning of the novella. I wasn’t held to any comments, thoughts, or situations that I’d created in an earlier book.

  • August 6, 2012 at 6:40 am

    LOVE LOVE LOVE these books. Just finished Consumed this past week (Im a little behind on my reading since I’ve been in my editing cave. LOL)

    Consumed is my favorite, I think. Love Jordan and Katie. Such a sweet, awesome, strong couple.

    Rebecca: Are you one to listen to music while writing?

    • August 6, 2012 at 4:39 pm

      Thanks, Lynn! There are four more stories in this story arc – though I’m not sure if they are all full novels or if there will be one or two novellas. And I know exactly how the series will end. 🙂

    • August 6, 2012 at 5:10 pm

      Hi again, Lynn! My computer did some odd glichy thing and mixed up the questions/answers. Yes, I always listen to music when I write – each book has its own playlist, and I often listen to the same song over and over…and over. Drives my family crazy! 🙂

  • Carin W
    August 6, 2012 at 6:55 am

    I am way behind it I guess, this is a new to me series but I am now fascinated by the characters from this interview. Thanks so much. Carin

  • August 6, 2012 at 7:23 am

    I just recently got the first book of the series and all I can say is oh my god I love it. Very cool!

  • Lisa Cox
    August 6, 2012 at 7:26 am

    Happy Birthday, DVK!
    I apparently live under a rock as I haven’t heard of this series or the author before. Now that I have, I am going to find the first books and devour them.
    I loved the interview. Where are all these sexy vampires and shifters hiding? There definitely aren’t any in my neck of the woods.

    • August 6, 2012 at 4:43 pm

      I’ve always thought the vampires lived in Oregon and the shifters in New Orleans. Not sure why. 🙂 Oh – the wolf shifters live in Washingon/Idaho. Trust me.

  • Jody Duffy
    August 6, 2012 at 7:45 am

    I love these books and devour them as soon as they are out but would love to have a signed copy. I want to know when Zane/Janie are really going to have their story told. I know they are all throughout the books but I love Zane and cant wait. Although Jace needs his book too. Thanks for the great signed giveaway.

    • August 6, 2012 at 4:45 pm

      Janie and Zane will have their story in the next four stories after Provoked. Well, it’s the last four books of the series–ending in the Janie/Zane/Kalin story where everything is explained. 🙂

  • Cora
    August 6, 2012 at 8:20 am

    Just read Fated a few days ago now I’m hooked! Got my Niece hooked last night! Keep up the great work!

  • August 6, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Hi Rebecca 🙂
    I just wanted to say that i loooooved Consumed, i’ve read the book 3 times :))
    thanks for the signed giveaway~

    • August 6, 2012 at 4:47 pm

      I’m so glad you liked Katie’s story! That was a fun one for me because she went through such a change in the ten years they were apart. Thanks for commenting today!

  • Filia Oktarina
    August 6, 2012 at 8:35 am

    Congrats Rebecca. I was just read Claimed a few day ago, and i love it. I can’ wait to be aquainted with Connlan. I’m sure i will love this Connlan to. LOL!!

  • Viki S.
    August 6, 2012 at 9:27 am

    You’ve have quite a varied resume’. Which of your past jobs do you think influenced your writing the most? Thank you so much.

    • August 6, 2012 at 4:50 pm

      Hi there! I think that being a lawyer influenced my writing the most. As a lawyer, you have to write quickly and get to the point – same as a writer. You also try to convince somebody of something (a jury or a reader). Finally, you need a thick skin for both. (I’m still working on that one). 🙂

  • Melanie Rovak
    August 6, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Rebecca your books look amazing! I was just wondering if you had a favorite character to write?

    • August 6, 2012 at 4:52 pm

      You know, whatever characters I’m writing about at the time are usually my favorite. When the series is finished, I am curious about who I’ll like the best when looking back. Right now, I really don’t know. 🙂

      Great question, by the way!

  • Melissa
    August 6, 2012 at 9:52 am

    I am so glad i stumbled across your books. Excellent series and wonderful writing. You always keep me intrigued and want more of these sexy Kayrs brothers! Cannot wait for Jase’s book! Keep up the awesome writing!

    • August 6, 2012 at 4:54 pm

      I’m glad they tripped you! 🙂 I’m excited to write Jase’s book – he went through a lot in Provoked, so it should be interesting! Thanks for reading the interview.

  • Gloria Esau
    August 6, 2012 at 11:25 am

    Rebecca< your books are awesome! Conn is my favorite! Cant wait for Kane to come out! Excellent series!!!

  • Natasha
    August 6, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    Sounds like an awesome series! Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Gayle
    August 6, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    Love your books, Rebecca.

    Would love to know what your most guilty pleasure is?


    • August 6, 2012 at 5:04 pm

      Well…up until two days ago, my guilty pleasure was diet coke. I stopped drinking it–but now I really want one. 🙂

      I should go find a new guilty pleasure!

      • Gayle Latreille
        August 8, 2012 at 1:46 pm

        Aww, come on, Rebecca…we know you have more exciting guilty pleasures that diet coke. May cheesecake, chocolate or one of your hunky vamps. *naughty grin*

        Love you books and always waiting anxiously for the next issue.

  • Angie
    August 6, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    Really great series!! I just love it! Can’t wait for Jase’s book!
    Keep them coming Rebecca!

  • Sophia Rose
    August 6, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    I truly appreciate both the time and creativity that was put into the character interview. Personally, they help me decide along with the blurbs and excerpts whether I will like a book/series or not. This series sounds great.

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity as well.

    • August 6, 2012 at 5:11 pm

      I think Sue nailed the intervew – she worked so hard on the setting and questions, and even some of Conn’s probable responses. I really appreciate all the work she did and am glad you do, too! 🙂

  • June
    August 6, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    I am sure that a vampire’s teeth would be very scary when seen up close. I really need to read this series, I have the first two full books and the novella on my kindle to read. Thanks so much for the interview (love character interviews).

    Is there a certain number of books you have planned? Do you already know how the series will end or do you only plan out 1 or 2 books at a time?

    • August 6, 2012 at 5:12 pm

      I hope you like the books! There are four more stories in this story arc – though I’m not sure if they are all full novels or if there will be one or two novellas. And I know exactly how the series will end. 🙂

  • bn100
    August 6, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    Happy birthday! How are you planning on celebrating?

  • Amanda W.
    August 6, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    I fell in love with your series after Fated (I love Talen – he’s got a special place in my heart) and have hooked others (including my mom). 🙂 You do such a good job with your characters, which is part of the reason I LOVE the character interviews, and the connections from story to story. So my question is this, which story do you think will be, or has been, the most challenging to write and why? Keep up the good work, and I can’t wait for Provoked – Kane piqued my interest in Consumed and I can’t wait to learn what’s happened to my poor Jase.

    • August 7, 2012 at 2:33 pm

      Hi there! Well, I think that Janie and Zane’s story is going to be the hardest to write. Everything in the entire series builds up to that story…and that’s a lot of pressure for one story. Also, the fans of the series are really excited for that book, and I don’t want the buildup to be too much, you know? 🙂

      I’m glad you like Talen! Jase does go through a bit of a difficult time in Provoked, but he’ll get his happy ending in his story. I promise.

  • Julianne
    August 6, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    I’ve read Hunted and loved it. Well, actually I couldn’t get enough of Conn. He can bite me anytime he wants. 🙂
    Conn, would you consider taking more than one wife? Ok, now I’ll get serious.
    Conn, boxers or briefs?

    • August 7, 2012 at 2:35 pm

      The man does know how to bite! I think when he goes into battle he wears those boxer/briefs to keep everything where it should be. I believe that he also might go commando once in a while, but you’d have to ask Moira. 🙂

  • August 6, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    Can’t wait to meet Conn, but first I need to go back and read the first book:)… can they be read out of order?

    • August 7, 2012 at 2:38 pm

      I think they could be read out of order, but I’m one of those people who likes things in order so I know all that came before when reading. So it’s up to you. I’d start with Fated if possible. Enjoy!

  • nurmawati djuhawan
    August 6, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    congrat rebecca…
    ur book is tempting…
    i’d love to read HUNTED if i win…
    have a nice day 🙂

  • August 7, 2012 at 3:00 am

    To all awesome authors: Which was your favourite chapter to write and why?

    Thanks so much for the giveaway x

    • August 7, 2012 at 2:42 pm

      Hi there! My favorite chapter is usually the first chapter when the characters meet, or meet up again. It’s a blank slate before the rest of the plot requirements set in. I have several first chapters written for several other books. 🙂

  • Mary Preston
    August 7, 2012 at 6:22 am

    I was wondering how much input you have with your covers? Just fabulous.

    • August 7, 2012 at 2:44 pm

      Hi! I really don’t have any input in the covers. If I really didn’t like one, I might be able to get it changed, but probably not.

      Having said that, I’ve been SO fortunate with my covers! I’ve loved every one of them. 🙂

  • Beth
    August 7, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    I read the first in the series.. now to read the rest of the books if I can get my hands on them…

  • books4me
    August 8, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    I LOVED Fated! How many books do you have planned in this series?

  • Denise Z
    August 9, 2012 at 6:02 am

    I really love this series and can’t wait to read Hunted. Thank you so much for sharing with us today and for the lovely opportunity to win a copy of this book 🙂

  • Dawn Sullivan
    August 9, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Hi Rebecca 🙂

    Do you plan on writing historical romance at all?

    Love all of your books!

  • August 13, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    Congratulations to the winners from the giveaway…
    Phyllis M – Signed copy of Hunted (!!)
    Melanie R – Dark Protectors sticky notepad
    Viki S. – Dark Protectors sticky notepad

    Thanks SO MUCH to everyone who came out to chat with us and help make my birthday such a great one!! I was sorta feeling lonely this year and it was great to have such a fun event to enjoy. =) <3!!

    Thank you also to Rebecca Zanetti for putting so much time into this piece and for letting me be all creative and such, AND for all the great responses to comments here! This series is AWESOME, ya’ll, so if you haven’t read it, go start now!

    <3 DVK

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