Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Keepers arrive in South Africa!

My three handsome warrior brothers have finally arrived in South Africa!

I was over the moon with excitement recently to receive this pic from a fabulous local reader - paperback copies bought from Exclusive Books, one of our local book stores in SA!

YES!  The Keepers: Archer and The Keepers: Declan are now available as paperbacks in selected book stores throughout South Africa!

Anyone want to guess my level of excitement right now?  :)

My love of storytelling started at the age of 12 years old and later blossomed into a dream of becoming a published author - one that became an amazing reality a little more than a year ago when HarperCollins offered me a four book deal for my Keepers series.  To date, the books have been available as eBooks and now, finally, as paperbacks too.

I've had so many lovely readers asking for paperbacks since the first book was published and I've been itching to share an actual book with them and see the books on the shelves.  It's with huge thanks and appreciation to a whole team of people who made this happen - the awesome book stores who've agreed to stock my books, my publicist, Helen Holyoake, my editors at HarperImpulse, and the sales team at Jonathan Ball who brought the books in from the UK.  Thank you so much!

AND readers will be thrilled to hear that The Keepers: Sienna has been included in The Keepers: Archer as one paperback as a bonus read - just 'cause you're all so awesome!

Seeing these books in store at the fabulous Exclusive Books has been a dream come true and I'm so excited to be able to share my stories with more readers.

Please help me to spread the news by sharing with your friends and on social media.  I'd really appreciate it!  Oh, and if you spot my books on your local shelves or purchase your very own copy, please send me a pic or tag me on Facebook.

Thank you dear readers, bloggers, friends and family for all your support and enthusiasm for my Keepers.  If you do snag yourself a copy of a Keeper, I hope that you enjoy their story!

Bouncing with joy,
Rae Rivers








Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

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It's Halloween - a perfect time for spooky, silly and loads of fun. A night celebrated with vampires, werewolves, witches, and dozens of other supernatural creatures.  Watch out for my witch and her three handsome Keepers! ;)

In light of sharing in the festivities, I've included a brief excerpt from The Keepers: Sienna.  Enjoy!

Excerpt

Lightning struck in the distance and a bolt of light flashed through a gap in the trees, highlighting six approaching men.

Mason’s warriors.

Sienna’s gut twisted and with quick hand movements, she sent lashes of fire their way. Their shouts of surprise ripped through the night and they scattered. Sienna responded with another round of ammunition that seemed to quicken Mason’s movements.

He tied the rope around the cat’s neck and went to the next one with another bag, repeating the movement. “There was an old witch I met recently in New Orleans,” he shouted above the noise, showing her the bag before fastening it to the third cat. “She was a friend of my mother’s and shares our vision for our kind. She gave me these three bags and I’m itching to see if they work.”

Sienna knew immediately what he meant, felt the hitch in her energy the moment the third bag touched the cat’s neck, and fought to maintain the protection spell. Ashwood. She’d never seen the debilitating herb before, but her mother had once mentioned it. Not well known, it bound a witch’s powers if placed in a triangular form around her. That and Rose Thorn were two herbs every witch dreaded.

Mason straightened, dusted off his hands and gave her a wide grin that smacked of triumph. Their gazes met across the retreating flames and she kept her back rigid, her head held high.

“You might temporarily bind my powers, Mason, but you’ve forgotten one thing,” she said with a quiet confidence, even though the circle of fire had begun to wither away.

“And what’s that, love?”

“My Keepers will come for me.”

“They don’t know where you are.”

“They will find me and they will come for me. Always.”

The long line of skeletal teeth drew together as his smile lessened. Without the grin, his tattooed deadpan expression was even more eerie, blurring the lines between the living and the dead. His black eyes settled on her with such intensity that her stomach lurched. “That’s exactly what I’m counting on.”

Blurb

A full moon in Rapid Falls.

Sienna Beckham is a powerful witch, and along with her four fiercely protective Keepers, it is her destiny to maintain the balance of nature in this world.

Tonight, it's the town carnival and everyone will be there: Sienna's family, her friends, her protectors. Archer.

Laughter and flirtation await.  But in a few hours, Sienna's life will have changed forever and her powers stretched to their very limits.

For something is lurking in the forest…

Murder. Sorcery. Revenge.

And no one sees it coming.


The FREE PREQUEL to my magical Paranormal series, The Keepers, available for download here!

Happy Halloween!

Rae Rivers

Monday, September 29, 2014

Cat Got Your Tongue?


My romantic suspense book, Cat Got Your Tongue?, is ON SALE for a limited period so if you're in the mood for a fun, flirty adventure with cat burglars, art heists, and some hot romance, head on over to your nearest eBook retailer and snag yourself a copy!

Blurb

A billionaire’s life and art collection are at risk. Who better to help than the daughter of a cat burglar?

When art collector Cole Anderson is targeted for his priceless Renoir, he reluctantly employs a bodyguard to upgrade his personal security. Imagine his surprise when she arrives—professional, capable, and sporting a ponytail and a gorgeous smile.

Alex Foxley is all woman—sexy, feisty, and intimately familiar with the shady workings of the art underworld thanks to her mother’s connections. While battling an explosive attraction for each other and thwarting thieves determined to have Cole’s Renoir at any cost, Cole and Alex must work together to protect his life and property—and uncover a secret neither of them knows exists.

Will they discover who is behind the deadly conspiracy before it’s too late? Or will passion and lust blind them to what’s right under their noses?

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Happy reading!

Rae Rivers

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Keeper Talk with PNR Radio!

I'm so excited to be chatting about my gorgeous Keepers to Arial Burnz from Ilovevampirenovels.com in the US this week!

In partnership with ILoveVampireNovels.com, author Arial Burnz is the host of the podcast PNRradio.com, where she features entertainment that goes bump in the night. If you love paranormal and fantasy books, TV shows and movies, you’ll love PNR Radio! Guests include bestselling authors (e.g., Nalini Singh, Kami Garcia, Kelley Armstrong, Sharon Hamilton & Patrick Rothfuss) and celebrities (from TV shows like Supernatural and Dracula), and every show has a giveaway.


I have two ebooks up for grabs (Keeper of your choice!) so check out the link here to enter!

And to listen to me blabber on about my Keepers and how much I love them ... click on the link below.  I LOVED chatting to Arial - it was such fun and such an honour to be hosted on her show, so thank you, Arial!

   

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Wednesday with Desere Steenberg

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I'm delighted to welcome book blogger, Desere Steenberg, in the red chair spotlight this week.  Not only is Desere an avid reader like me, she's also from South Africa!  Welcome, Desere ...

DS:  First off thank you to the lovely Rae for inviting me today! And if you have not read this woman’s books, you are missing out big time, go read them now, I command you!

Haha, LOVE that, thank you!  If you had to write a bio for yourself, what would it say? 

Forced to work, born to read!

Describe yourself in five words. 

Insightful, emotional, picky, perceptive, fun-loving

What made you decide to start blogging? 

My goal to get the word out about all things book related.

What are the blogging highlights? 

Voicing my opinion is definitely the highlight, I find it very fulfilling to be able to tell it the way I see it.

What are the blogging lows? 

The deadlines can sometimes wreak havoc on everyday life and be very stressful.

Do you have any pet peeves about the blogging/author/publisher/reading process? 

Just one, receiving emails from authors requesting book reviews and saying “ I ‘ll make it worth your while if you give me a good 5 /5 star review” I absolutely loath it, I believe in always giving an honest opinion. 


How does blogging fit into your family life, work etc? 

Honestly, it just, just fits!

When you’re not reading or blogging, you’re...? 

A full time paralegal to a US based attorney, we assist people injured in war zones such as Iraq and Afghanistan, and I also home school my nine year old son, who is the keeper of my heart!

You receive a lot of author requests to read their books. How do you decide what to read and when? 

I always try to read each and every request that comes my way, the more various genre’s and writing styles I read the more I learn. The only time I do turn someone away is when my schedule is completely booked to such an extent that I simply cannot make it work, because I work on a strict ‘ make sure a review is up by release date ‘ basis.

Tell us something about yourself that readers won’t know from reading your blog. 

I am completely mad about cats! Simply adore them. From tigers to lions to tabbies I love them all!

What are you currently reading?

One step too far by Tina Seskis

Do you have any advice to authors about how best to approach bloggers and develop relationships with them? 

Never be afraid to ask if you are unsure, us bloggers realize that it could be your first time requesting a review and we know it’s scary. So ask, ask ASK as many questions as possible, and even if you have asked us ten times before ASK AGAIN! Not only will you feel assured but the blogger will remember you the next time around and thus know what it is you are after when requesting a blog tour, review or even just advise.

How has blogging enriched your life? 

In so many countless ways that there is no time to list them all here, but the one that pops the most is the people I have met through blogging, from readers to authors to fans of my reviews. My life would not be half as interesting if it was not for the special peeps in my life!

Quick word associations 

Paranormal  -  dark, mysterious
Children  -   love, smiles, hugs
Men  -  sexy, strong, raw
Beach  -  sun, surf, sand
Bliss  -  reading, coffee, fireplace
Homework  -  Agg! Where’s the dislike button? 
Heels  -  empowering, red
Weekends  -  relaxation 
Holiday  -  Italy, Greece, and France… dang now I want to go in holiday!!
Fridays  -  end of the week rush

Desere loves to talk about books at Romance Book Haven and Facebook - or find her on Twitter.  Thanks for sharing more about yourself, Desere!

We welcome your questions or comments.

Thanks for reading!

Rae Rivers

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wednesday with One More Page

I'm so excited to welcome Amanda Moran from One More Page in the red chair spotlight this week! 

Amanda was one of the very first book bloggers I came into contact with when publishing my first book, The Keepers: Archer, and her friendliness and support for my series  - and me - has been wonderful. Thanks, Amanda!

Describe your household / family.

I live just outside London with my husband and two sons, Max who is 6 next month and Sam who has just turned 3. We’re a crazy, noisy household and Star Wars rules at the moment!

Describe yourself in five words. 

Optimistic, enthusiastic, bookloving, water baby, mum.

What made you decide to start One More Page?

I started One More Page in July 2010; my inspirations were a combination of reading blogs like Novelicious and Chick Lit Reviews and thinking, ‘I’d love to do that’ and my husband who had a blog and kept telling me I should start one on books (I think this was mainly so he’d have more time to play his Xbox!) I’ve always loved books and reading (I’m a librarian!) and used to keep a paper book journal to record what I read and my thoughts. The blog sprang from there (it’s subtitled, ‘Diary of a Book lover) and is my online book journal.

How did you come up with the name of your blog? 

It took me forever to come up with a name and it was my husband who eventually thought of One More Page after asking me for the fifth time to turn the light off and getting the same response … “One more page…!”

How does blogging fit into your family life, work etc? 

It’s a bit of a juggling act; I work full time and with two small children life is busy, busy, busy but my blog and reading are my little escapes so I always try to make time to do one or the other each day.

You receive a lot of author requests to read their books. How do you decide what to read and when?

It depends, sometimes I read and review to a specific deadline requested by a publisher or author but as much as possible I choose my next read depending on my mood. I read quite a variety of fiction; paranormal, fantasy, historical, romance, literary and chick lit so I can always find something to suit!

What are you currently reading? 

I’m working my way through Aimee Duffy’s fab Summer Flings series of short stories which are brilliant summer escapism and I’ve just finished reading Station Eleven which is one of my favourite books of the year so far. Next up on my reading list is The Girls From Corona Del Mar.

What would you like to see more of in the type of books you’re reading?

I've really got into New Adult fiction this year and I’d love to see more Paranormal New Adult!

Quick word associations!

Library  -  heaven
Cocktails  -  yummy
Diamonds  -  Tiffany
Underwear  -  Turquoise!
Coffee  -  no thanks (it gives me migraines!)
Ironing  -  husband ;-)
Smell  -  seaside
Food  -  love it!
Storms  -  exciting
Men  -   blond hair, blue eyes

Fantastic answers, Amanda, thanks so much for sharing more about yourself - I'd LOVE to know how ironing = husband ...!! :)

Amanda's blog is full of fab book news, author interview and reviews. She can also be found on Twitter, Goodreads and Facebook - links are on her blog.

As always, we welcome your questions and comments!  Thanks for reading!

Rae Rivers

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Wednesday with CometBabesBooks

Another Wednesday rolls around and I'm delighted to welcome the lovely Jo Hurst in the red chair spotlight!

Jo offers a steady stream of book news and reviews on her blog. She's been a wonderful support to me personally with my Keepers series (thank you, Jo!) and recently admitted that she's a huge Ethan fan!

What made you decide to start CometBabesBooks?

I started blogging because I wanted to share my love of books and was always being asked what books I had read, which ones I would recommend. I came across bloggers via twitter and I thought what a wonderful idea.

What are the blogging highlights?

Making loads of new friends via twitter and interacting with them. I have friend’s bloggers/authors from America to Australia.

Do you have any pet peeves about the blogging/author/publisher/reading process? 

I don’t really have any, I’m pretty easy going, but the only thing that does annoy me is when an author emails you to read/review their book and attaches it to the email. It’s like they expect you to read it.

What is the most challenging thing about being a blogger?

There are 2 things I find challenging, one is finding time to read all the wonderful books out there and my TBR pile has become massive so quickly, I feel awful saying no to someone. The other, is deciding what to put in a review, even when I really like a book I sometimes struggle with what to say. I don’t want to say the same thing over and over again.

You receive a lot of author requests to read their books. How do you decide what to read and when? 

At one point I didn't like saying no to anyone but my TBR is so huge that I have had to start saying ‘I’m really sorry but I don’t have time to read your book at the moment’. I have also mentioned this on my blog. Depending on the author I may make exceptions, especially if it is part of a series I have been reading and I want to read the next book.

What are you currently reading?

I’m just about to start Chronicles of a Lincoln Park Fashionista by Aven Ellis, I love Aven’s books and she writes the hottest book boyfriends.

Do you have any advice to authors about how best to approach bloggers and develop relationships with them? 

I would say interact with us on social media, twitter, facebook etc, don’t just send us a random email asking us to review and especially don’t just attach your book to your email or by spamming us via Twitter, it’s so annoying, I know a lot of bloggers ignore requests if you spam us on twitter. I don’t mind a DM asking for a review, I know some bloggers who don’t like that.

Quick word associations! 

Pets  -  Dogs
Chocolate   -  Galaxy
Books   -  Fantasy
Men   -  Tall, dark, handsome
Beach   -  Cocktails
Travel  -  Sun and a book beside pool
Ice cream  -  Chocolate
Children   -  No thank you

Thanks so much for the visit, Jo, and for sharing more about yourself. Fab answers! Besides blogging, Jo is very active on Twitter and Facebook (we have loads of fun there!) so check out her blog for links and go find her!

We love to hear your thoughts and questions so please leave a comment below.

Thanks for reading!

Rae Rivers