Guest blog: Rebecca Zanetti on The Scorpius Syndrome

Rebecca-4First, a big thanks to Jennifer and the Magical Musing gang for having me over to play today.  One of my favorite parts of writing a book is doing the research beforehand.  Don’t get me wrong—I make things up for a living, so I’m fine fudging the facts of reality a little bit.  Still, it’s nice to have a basic truth to begin with.

My new series, the Scorpius Syndrome, is a romantic suspense/thriller series that takes place after a deadly bacterium kills off most of the world.  In the times of Ebola, Zika, and biological warfare, the scenario is a little more real than I’d like.

However, keep in mind that it’s the developing relationship between the hero and heroine that really matters in a romance.  The genre, etc., is important, but the characters drive a romance, so that part makes it a lot more fun.

Yet still…I wanted something a little different.  You know, not zombies as bad guys.  You know who terrifies me as bad guys?  Sociopaths…and serial killers.  So I figured, what if the bacteria localizes in the brain and then alters some people…some for the better, and some for the worse?  What if it can strip a brain and leave the person a fully living, thinking, breathing serial killer and not a zombie.  Eesh, right?

Mercury Striking compSo the bad guys in the Scorpius Syndrome (some of them, anyway), are serial killers.  Those of course range from the wild desperate ones to the cunning, brilliant, calculating ones.

If the villains are bad….and the heroes have to be impressive.  Who would survive the apocalypse?  Tough, dangerous, deadly soldiers to start with.  So the hero in Mercury Striking is Jax Mercury, a former gang-banger turned soldier who goes home to inner city LA and creates a somewhat safe place called Vanguard.  He’s all set until Lynne Harmony, the former head of the CDC infectious disease unit and only person alive with a blue heart from a possible cure, shows up on his doorstep asking for help.

Anyway, back to the research.  Did you know that bacteria can come from outer space…even in a small rock?  It can.  Did you know that some of the Ebola survivors have had their eye color actually change after surviving the virus?  They have.  Did you know that antibacterial gel might be more important than medicine some day?  It might be.

Anyway, who knows.  It’s nice to make things up and then return to the real world of Starbucks, Internet, and antibiotics.  I hope they last. 🙂


Shadow FallingNew York Times and USA Today bestselling author Rebecca Zanetti has published over twenty-five dark paranormals, romantic suspense, and contemporary romances. She has received a Publisher’s Weekly Starred Review for Wicked Edge, Romantic Times Reviewer Choice Nominations for Forgotten Sins and Sweet Revenge, and RT Top Picks for several of her novels.

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. Her current series are: The Scorpius Syndrome, The Realm Enforcers, and Blood Brothers.

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Rebecca has generously offered up two prizes for giveaway:

1) A print copy of her book Forgotten Sins from the Book Depository — open internationally

2) A Sephora mini-survival kit just in case the apocalypse does happen 🙂 — open U.S. only

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16 Responses to Guest blog: Rebecca Zanetti on The Scorpius Syndrome

  1. Mary Hughes says:

    Hi Jennifer and Rebecca,

    Rebecca, welcome to Magical Musings! The Scorpius Syndrome series sounds amazing! Talk about high stakes. And I adore scientist heroines. Can’t wait to check out Mercury Striking!!
    Mary Hughes`s last blog was …3T Writing Tidbit

  2. Edie Ramer says:

    Rebecca, this is such an awesome idea. I can see it evolving into a TV series or movies. It feels as if this could really happen. Reading about it gives me chills – the good kind of chills. I’m definitely checking out the books in this series.

  3. Sonia Forbus says:

    one thing i would want with me would be family,i can’t live without them. Can’t wait for more in this series

  4. Krysten M. says:

    I absolutely love your books! I think this new series might be my favorite! However, if the apocalypse did happen, I’d probably one of the first to go lol 🙁

  5. Carmen Terronez says:

    Hi Rebecca! I love the Dark Protector series as well as the Realm Enforcers. I can’t wait to be able to read the books in your other series too 🙂
    Thank you for the giveaway!

  6. Adaiah La vonda says:

    Hi Rebecca, it was wonderful meeting you at the RT Book Fair on Saturday. What I would need is a great pair of walking tennis shoes, water, food, a big stick, flashlight and several of your books. Then I’d find a place to hide and try to wait it out. :mrgreen:

  7. Doreen Burke says:

    Rebecca you know I love your books and this new series is no exception. I can’t wait for the next to book to come out. Now if I were in an apocalypse I wanted my family with me but then we’d never survive, So I wanted to have the bad ass alpha Kayrs brothers with me. 😛

  8. Rebecca, welcome to MM. I’ve been a fan of yours for ages, so I’m so excited to hear about your new series! It sounds fabulous.
    Michelle Diener`s last blog was …I’m being interviewed over on the USA Today blog

  9. Mikaela Broadfoot says:

    This sounds really interesting and it’s something different so I’ll definitely get it, can’t wait to read 🙂

    • Mikaela Broadfoot says:

      I’d have to say books even though I know they wouldn’t help in an apocalypse, I don’t think I’d be much help in one either :mrgreen:

  10. SHELLEY S says:


  11. Barb Kiser says:

    Guns lots of guns and someone who can shoot 🙄

  12. Marie Brown says:

    I absolutely ADORE Rebecca Zanetti and her books! Thanks so much for the chance to win! Awesome blog too! <3 😀

  13. Ruth Gutscher says:

    Love your books ! The one think I would have to have with me during the apocalypse would have to be my family,as they would be people to not only converse with,but would be teammates for survival,we would watch out for each other

  14. Lauren says:

    My Harry Potter books, of course :0)

  15. Corey Lea Simpson says:

    I would want a knife. Because it’s multifunctional and can help provide the other things I’d need. 😀

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