The Keepers

The Keepers

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Keepers: Sienna Soars at Half a Million Reads!

This week marks a very exciting milestone for The Keepers: Sienna, the prequel to my Keepers series, as it reached over half a million reads on Wattpad alone!

What is Wattpad?

Wattpad is the world's largest online reading community that brings readers and writers together through their love of books.  It's a site that hosts mostly free reads which adds to its popularity.  Each user has a unique profile and is able to read and comment on other works on the site.

Why Wattpad?

Thanks to my publisher who introduced me to Wattpad, I joined shortly after the launch of Sienna as a way of connecting with more readers and authors.  The welcome and support I received was incredible and almost immediately, I received followers, read counts and a fabulous stream of steady comments that I treasure!

Copies of The Keepers: Archer up for grabs!

To celebrate Sienna's awesome milestone as well as the fabulous readers who have embraced my series with such enthusiasm, we're giving away five copies of The Keepers: Archer.  Head on over to the HarperImpulse blog for more on my experience of Wattpad and to enter the giveaway!

Thank you to every single reader who has picked up a copy of Sienna or Archer and thank you to the Wattpad community for welcoming my series and I the way you have!

Rae Rivers

Monday, April 7, 2014

We Have a Date!

I'm so excited to share some news but before I do, I just want to say a huge THANK YOU to all my amazing readers, friends and family who have followed my Keepers series so far.  Without you, this series wouldn't be possible. Your support and daily messages of appreciation for my stories is more priceless than you can ever know.

So ...  after months of plotting, planning, writing, editing, and plenty of excitement, The Keepers: Declan has a release date!

It's available now for Pre-Order and will officially be on sale worldwide and hitting your eReaders on 29 May 2014!  (Paperback release date to follow.)

Readers will get to hang out with all three of the Bennett brothers again, meet a new crowd of warlocks itching for chaos, say hello to the gorgeous Sienna and Archer (so romantic, aren't they?) and meet a beautiful, spunky new heroine, Kate - Declan's match.  And one word for Kate and Declan ...


Love these two together.  They have been a fun, romantic blast to write.

So, to all those awesome readers eager for their next Keeper fix, mark the date as Declan is on his way to your eReaders soon!

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Hope you all enjoy reading Declan's journey as much as I loved writing it!

Rae Rivers

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Where The Magic Happens

Ever wonder where authors write their books?  Author J.C. McKenzie of Shift Happens (don't you just love that title?) shares her writing process, along with a few great pics of her writing space.  I must admit, I'm in love with the idea of her mug warmer ... I desperately need one of those as I'm always drinking cold coffee!

Welcome J.C.!

First I’d like to thank Rae Rivers for hosting me on her blog today! I’m very excited to be here and hope you enjoy learning about my writing space.

Now, about that writing habitat. Some writers are strangely protective of their writing space. Mine is fairly new, so that sense of dragon-esque protection for my “hoard” hasn’t kicked in yet, and I’m not sure it ever will. My writing, as a principle, is very portable. I’ve written in many different environments—the back porch of my parents place on the island, the beaches of New Zealand, various ferries and planes, the Starbucks down the road from our last place, and now, an office/spare bedroom in our home in Saskatchewan. I’ve written in notebooks, on scraps of paper, napkins, desktop computers, laptops, netbooks, and the backs of receipts. Now that I’m dedicating more time and energy to my writing, I’m a little more set up.

The pictures of my writing space were taken at night, but during the day, streams of Prairie sunlight flood the small room. When I’m stuck, I get to look up and see pictures of my two favorite people—my husband and my son. My cute IKEA secretary desk also hosts my HP G62 laptop, which I received free as a promotional deal from a telephone company. The computer’s on its last leg, so I’m regularly e-mailing myself copies as a backup system, just in case it all goes to hell. The board you see above the desk is my most recent purchase and I LOVE IT! Martha Stewart Home Office. That woman is a genius. I think my husband might ban me from Staples, because I want to keep adding to it, despite not needing anything else. We got the Vancouver calendar (on the left) in the mail for free from a realtor right before we made our big move from the West Coast of Canada to the Prairies. The pictures make me happy and homesick at the same time, but that turmoil of emotion is rather conducive to my writing process. Go figure!

To me, the space isn't nearly as important as the mind-set. Relaxation and the support of my loved ones is key for me. My family and friends are awesome, and I can’t say enough good things about them. For the relaxation piece, I’m almost always drinking coffee. Just the smell of it puts me at ease and I often don’t finish every cup I pour. (Side note: today, my husband bought me a mug warmer because he’s tired of finding half-finished cups in the office and around the house. What a keeper!) There’s also music playing. I find I’m most productive when listening to Blues, Jazz or Classical, which is funny, because that’s not what I crank when I’m alone in the car! 

My writing time is limited to when my son sleeps, so I get short bursts here and there—mainly nap time and bedtime. I tend to write 500-1000 words per day in about a 1-3 hour period that’s usually not consecutive! Thank goodness no one reads those first drafts, because they tend to be a bit disjointed, and if I’m honest, fairly crappy. I polish the manuscript (MS) and exchange pieces of it with a few carefully selected and trusted critique partners. After listening to their advice, I smooth the MS over again, and then send it to trusted friends, family and lovers of the genre to read and ask them to give me their thoughts (i.e. beta readers). After I've taken in their comments, added a bit more spit and polish, the manuscript is submitted to the publisher. 

All that magic happens here—on a cheap, dented desk, with a free, fairly dilapidated computer. If you’re a writer, what does your writing space look like? If you’re a reader, where do you like to read? 

 Happy writing and reading!

J.C. McKenzie

About the Author:

Born and raised on the Haida Gwaii, off the West Coast of Canada, J.C. McKenzie grew up in a pristine wilderness that inspired her to dream. She writes Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance.

Monday, March 31, 2014

New Release - Shift Happens!

I'm delighted to welcome the lovely J.C. McKenzie today with her debut novel, Shift Happens.  Gorgeous cover, don't you think?


Andrea McNelly's job as a government agent is not asking questions, but then a routine assignment turns into a botched assassination of a Master Vampire's human servant. Answers become a priority. Her search to discover the truth is riddled with obstacles, the largest being an oversized Werewolf who resembles a Norse god. Andy can't afford the distraction he offers, because if she fails, she faces eternal enslavement.

Wick's job is to monitor Andy, but he prefers more intimate activities, none of them G-Rated. His choices, however, are often not his own. His ability to help Andy is limited by his bond to the Master Vampire.

Facing many trials and challenges along her path to redemption, Andy learns the value of her freedom might be set too high.



A large black wolf trotted into the clearing to confront me. He had a white-tipped snout, white boots and mitts and would have looked cute had he not been the most intimidating Werewolf I’d ever seen. Standing tall and solid, power rolled off of his body. His eyes bore into mine. I sniffed the air. The strong Werewolf scent of rosemary swirled around me, strong and seductive, laced with sugar. A weird fuzzy sensation spread out from my chest. Whoa.
My other form growled low, demanding release, straining against my skin. The energy of the wolves built—layers upon layers of excitement and impatience. The air pulsated with anticipation. They could sense the imminent kill.
Let me out! My other form repeated, throwing her power against my built up walls, howling in defiance.
When the energy of the Werewolves surged, I finally released her. My wolf form flowed out fast, wiping out the feline in little more than a heartbeat. Smaller, weaker and the size of a natural wolf, a Shifter in this form was no match for a Werewolf, especially a dominant one. I had time to meet the eyes of the Alpha for only an instant before the pack leapt forward. My limbs shook. It went against every instinct ingrained within me, but I rolled onto my back—submissive.

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Available in print and all other electronic formats on July 16th, 2014

About J.C.

Born and raised on the Haida Gwaii, off the West Coast of Canada, J.C. McKenzie grew up in a pristine wilderness that inspired her to dream. She writes Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance. running a fantastic giveaway to win five copies of her books - so hurry and enter!!!

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Thanks for sharing your fantastic new release with us, J.C.!

Rae Rivers

Monday, February 17, 2014

Cat Got Your Tongue? On Tour!

Whilst I'm busily adding the final touches to The Keepers: Declan (yes, I'm done!!!), my romantic suspense book, Cat Got Your Tongue?, goes on tour this week where it will be hosted by several lovely book bloggers and reviewers!

There will also be a $10 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card giveaway so follows the links and enter for a chance to win!!!  Best of luck!

Tour stops are as follows:

Feb 17th - Brooke Blogs

Feb 18th - 3 Partners in Shopping
                 Angie Derek Author Blog

Feb 19th - StarAngels' Reviews

Feb 20th - Room with Books
                 Christine's Words
                 Danielle-Claude Indie Books Reviews

Feb 21st - A Tasty Read Book Reviews
                Crazy Four Books
                Red Wine & Books

Thanks for having me, ladies.  I look forward to the visit on your pretty blogs!

Rae Rivers

Friday, February 14, 2014

New Release: Braedric's Bane!

Today I'm welcoming the lovely AJ Nuest, talented author of The Golden Key Chronicles.  This week marked the release of Braedric's Bane, Book 4 in this brilliant fantasy series!


To escape the clutches of the evil Wizard Gaelleod, Rowena and Caedmon flee to the future. With her memories intact and the help of her dear friends, Rowena is confident they can uncover the clues behind her connection to the key.

Yet Violet's dire prophecy does more than detail their history. Caedmon's worst fears are confirmed. Though they must return to his realm, everything he loves stands to be ripped from his grasp.

Join Caedmon and Rowena as they embark on an epic battle to protect the Austiere Kingdom and fight to safeguard their love in Braedric's Bane, Book IV of The Golden Key Chronicles. 
Advance praise for Braedric's Bane:

5 STARS from Comet Babes Books! Amazing 4th book. What more can you ask from a fantasy series--time travelling, costumes and even a fight. Add the sexy hero and it has everything you could want in a book!
Advance praise for Braedric's Bane:

 5 STARS from Follow the Yellow Book Road! An epic fantasy, adventure and romance with a dash of comedy rolled into one fabulous book. I literally read it in one sitting.

Available February 13th on AMAZON and AMAZONUK!

AJ is a multi-published, award-winning author who lives in the middle of a cornfield in NW Indiana. Her loving husband, two beautiful children and a bevy of spoiled pets have agreed to stay and, in exchange for three rations per day and laundry service, tolerate her lunacy. While she spend most days happily ensconced in crafting romance across a multitude of genres, an underground coup has been percolating. The dogs just informed her the cat is secretly vying for dictatorship.  

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Picasso vs Shoes

I have an appreciation for priceless artifacts in the same way that I appreciate shoes. I admire them from a distance but seldom indulge in them. (Sorry, shoe lovers but as I’m permanently on the go with small kiddies, I need simple, practical flats! I'll stick to admiring yours!) As for the art, head on over to my blog post on the ROSA website!