Halloween Flash Fiction Event: Rebecca Zanetti



Thank you for joining us for this Halloween Flash Fiction Event story from Rebecca Zanetti. Rebecca’s story manages to fit so much intensity into such a small package! She’s also giving a copy of the first book in her Dark Protectors series to one of YOU! Check below the story for details. The image is a stock photo from a DeviantART artist who specifically allows it to be used on outside websites, with credit and links posted. Big thanks, to both the author and the artist, for sharing. Now… on to the story…


The Veil

by Rebecca Zanetti

The cobblestones chilled her feet as she ran, hard and fast, arms pumping. Fear caught down her throat, and she coughed out mist. The trees rose as ominous sentinels to her flight. So dark, so dangerous, so concealing.

She’d never make it across the bridge.

Yet she kept going, her bare skin slapping the stone, her mind buzzing. She’d kicked off her shoes the second she’d launched into flight. During the Halloween night, when the veil between reality and fantasy blurred, the comfortable bench on which she often sat and read about vampires even looked dangerous.


“Melissa.” Her name, on a stranger’s lips, winding through the night.

She stopped short, unsure from which direction it came. Her skirt swirled around her legs. “Stop.” She didn’t know what else to say.

He chuckled then, striding with masculine grace out from between the trees. His agile jump over the stone walls spoke of strength and speed. “Why should I stop? You invited me to this place. To this time.”

Her mouth dropped open. Moonlight danced down, creating brutal angles and deep hollows in his face. Chiseled and strong, his features mingled into a combination of masculine beauty only enhanced by the brilliant green of his eyes.

She backed away. “I didn’t know you were real.” Geez. When she’d tried the summoning spell from the back of the last book she’d read, she’d been goofing off. Men like him didn’t exist. Unfortunately.

He lifted a muscled shoulder beneath a dark coat. “Yet here I am. I answered your call.”

“I didn’t call you.” She licked her suddenly dry lips. Desire warmed through her, and she tried to focus.

His eyes flared, and he moved into her space. The scent of man and pine surrounded her. “Aye. You called.”

She shook her head, wanting nothing more than to step into his heat. “If so, why did you answer?”

The gentle touch of his hand across her cheek nearly dropped her to her knees. He smiled. “Because when you were looking into the book, I was looking out.”


About The Author

New 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 loves writing about vampires, super soldiers, and sexy cowboys. 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 Dark Protector series from Kensington, the Sin Brothers series from Grand Central, and the Maverick Montana series from Entangled. Find Rebecca at: www.rebeccazanetti.com


About The Artist

Image: Night In The Forest

Artist Page: E-DinaPhotoArt  http://www.deviantart.com/art/Premade-BG-Night-in-the-Forest-245854599


For a chance to win a print copy of the first book in Rebecca’s Dark Protectors series, FATED, simply comment below with your thoughts on “The Veil”. Contest will run until November 2nd, and commenter will be chosen/notified on November 3rd. Good Luck!!


  1. Comment by Stephanie Fredrick:

    Ahh, I need more, gave to know what happens next. Loved it.

  2. Comment by Lori H:

    I haven’t read anything by this author but I’m looking forward to doing so. Thanks for story 🙂

  3. Comment by Lauren A:

    Ooo this sounds so good! I need more now please!

  4. Comment by bn100:

    Was an interesting post

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  5. Comment by Tesa Walker:

    Just enough to peek your interest and wanting more. Sounds like the start of something very good. Love everything you have written so far. I have never been disappointed with one of your books.

  6. Comment by T. Gene Davis:

    Definitely a creepy line, …“Because when you were looking into the book, I was looking out.”

  7. Comment by Jennifer:

    Totally creepy!!!

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