Monday, March 31, 2014

Rising Assets by Rebecca Zanetti - Interview & Review

Rising Assets

by: Rebecca Zanetti


Synopsis: Friends with benefits was never the plan…

Melanie Jacobs is in trouble. With three jobs—including running her ranch—and dwindling funds, she’s exhausted. Not to mention desperately trying to hide a secret. Unfortunately, her best friend Colton Freeze knows all too well that’s something is going on, and he won’t give up until he knows exactly what he needs to fix.

Then Colton learns the truth—that Melanie’s future happiness rests in the fickle hands of fate, and her chances for having a family are shrinking with every passing day. Her only comfort is Colton, but when a heated argument between them turns into an even hotter kiss, the boundaries of their friendship are erased, leaving only a scorching-hot hunger for more.

Every kiss—every touch—is a stolen pleasure. But will their new friends-with-sexy-benefits arrangement bring them closer together, or destroy everything they once shared?

Rising Assets is book #3 in the Maverick Montana series, that said, it is a stand alone and can be read by itself. Now, that being said....I am a series whore and will have to go back and read the first 2 books, Against The Wall & Under The Covers. But hey, that's just me!

Colton is a sexy cowboy who is just as comfortable on the ranch as he is behind the desk as the CEO of his family's business. Melanie is a strong woman fighting to keep the ranch that her Grandfather left her, while trying to tackle more personal issues. Even though they have been friends forever, Melanie just doesn't feel comfortable enough to let Colt in on her problems. After doing some digging around, Colt decides he will help Melanie in any way possible, even if it means putting his life's plan on hold. Can they be more than just friends?

Rising Assets is a sexy, fun, feel-good read. I loved the back & forth between Melanie & Colton, I giggled at the idea of the whole town getting up in their business (ie "the bet") and finding out who the bet-taker was in the end was just perfect! This book just makes you feel good....Good friends, good romance, just a really good book!

This is the first time I have read anything by Rebecca Zanetti and I know it won't be the last!


Thank you so much for having me here today!  J

·         Please tell us a little about yourself….


Let’s see.  My life right now is a chaotic mix of deadlines, moving our house, and trying to keep up with my kids and husband’s sports schedules.  I’ve worked as a Senate Aide, lawyer, college professor, and art curator, and it seems like after a couple of years, I get bored and find a new profession.  Or maybe I was just leading up to finally writing and becoming an author, because I’ve stuck with this job for nearly five years now, and I have no intention of stopping.  Once you let those voices free, they just keep talking.  J


·         What is one thing about you that your readers would find surprising or never guess about you?


Actually, I’m pretty shy, even though I worked as a trial attorney and a professor.  It’s difficult for me to stand up in front of people and talk, although it’s nice to talk about writing in workshops.  But I think I’ve done enough public speaking by now that I can at least fake that I’m not wanting to duck under the podium and hide.


·         Tell us a little about your latest book?


Rising Assets is my latest book, and it was so much fun to write a sexy romance featuring two best friends who aren’t sure they want to take that leap into the bedroom…although they really want to get each other naked.  Add in a meddling small town, a lost third friend, and some fun family dynamics, and I’m hoping readers fall in love with Colton and Melanie and truly enjoy their romance.


·         What’s one thing that you enjoy most about writing? Least?

I love writing the first page of any romance book.  The blank page where anything goes, and usually the hero and heroine either meet or meet up again.  Deadlines are probably what I enjoy least, although they’re necessary to get those books out to readers.

·         How would you describe your writing process?


How fun to think I have a process!  LOL!  Let’s see.  I sit down and write the first chapter, knowing nothing really about the plot, the book, or the characters.  Sometimes I end up writing a scene that needs to happen later in the book, but usually it’s the first chapter.  Then I figure out who these people really are, why they can’t be together, and how to finally get them together.  So, I write a first draft.  Then I edit, and edit, and edit…finally sending it to my agent.  She writes back with a couple of suggestions, and I edit again before sending the book off to my editor.  Then I do laundry because I’ve probably ignored it for two weeks, and then I also make a nice dinner for my family because my hubby has probably been cooking for a couple of weeks.  (He’s a better cook than I am, anyway.)  So…that’s my process.


·         Do you have anything due to release soon?


Rising Assets releases today at a special release sales price of less than a dollar!  I’m so excited about this!

Quickie Questions

·         Milk or Dark chocolate?

Dark chocolate, dark chocolate, dark chocolate…

·         Coffee or tea?

Tea.  Definitely tea these days.

·         Leather or lace?


Oh baby.  Leather. 


·         Hard & Fast or Long & Slow?

Both.  Yep.  I said both.

·         Favorite junk food?

Potato chips.

·         One thing (object, not people) you can’t live without?

Comfy socks.  Definitely.

·         One unusual item in/on/around your workspace?


A miniature flying dragon leaning over the top of my desk to watch me.


·         Favorite adult beverage?


Wine – a good Shiraz is best.

Author Bio: USA Today Bestselling 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 writes dark paranormals, romantic suspense, and sexy contemporary romances.

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.

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