Friday, May 17, 2013

A Three-Book Deal for The Keepers!



I’ve always seen myself as a writer of contemporary romantic suspense novels until one day, over a discussion about paranormal romances during lunch with a dear friend, a heroine came to mind that begged me a pretty please to write her story. I was a bit hesitant at first when I realized that she’s a modern day witch, as I’d never attempted writing a paranormal romance before. But she insisted, so after lunch, I went home to a very quiet house (a novelty for me with small children around) and started writing. She neglected to mention at the time that her story came with three very handsome, very powerful, and strong warriors – who I very soon realized each needed their own story. Tall order, lady.

There was no planning involved, no plot line, (that all came later) and I had no clue where she was headed. I just knew that I had to write her story. So I did. A powerful witch and three handsome warrior Keepers who are her fierce protectors, her friends, and her allies in maintaining the balance of nature. A paranormal romance story simply snowballed from there.

After a bit of advice from some helpful people along the way who boosted my confidence in my work, some enthusiastic support from my wonderful hubby who has spent the last few months sharing me with my imaginary friends (three warriors at that!) and with a lot of fun brainstorming sessions over lunch with my dear friend, I finished and revised the book. Once it was ready for submission, I took a deep breath (more like a gasp) and submitted the first book, along with the synopsis for the entire trilogy to Harper Impulse.

So … now that you know the background of this book, here’s my news …

I’m thrilled to announce that Harper Impulse, a romance imprint of Harper Collins, has offered me a three-book contract for my Keeper trilogy!

I knew from the moment that I spotted their call for submissions that they were the right publisher for this series and I wasn’t wrong! Their energy, enthusiasm, dedication, and passion for my warriors have been amazing and I will always be grateful to them for this and for the opportunity to have my Keeper series published. It was wonderful to receive a call from a publisher to say that they love my idea and would like to offer me a contract for it, but there’s nothing nicer than knowing that they’re as passionate about my books as I am. So, for the team at Harper Impulse – thank you for this!

I’ll be posting the heart stopping, over-the-moon-with-excitement call story soon so watch this space, but for now, I’m going to rush off with my family, pop the champagne, and celebrate this moment.

Thank you for reading and sharing my joy.

Rae Rivers

9 comments:

  1. Wonderful news Rae I'm so pleased for you! Enjoy your champagne xx

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  2. Huge congrats Rae! Your story sounds amazing! Can't wait to read it x

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  3. I am so thrilled for you, my lovely new team mate! I can't wait to read and that cover is stunning. Huge congrats! I will have a glass of wine for you tonight! Xx

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  4. Love the sound of your story Rae. Really looking forward to reading it. So pleased for you. :-)

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  5. I'm so ridiculously thrilled for you, Rae. Waiting for this news has been TORTURE!!! HUGE congrats!! xx

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  6. Fabulous news, Rae. Congrats and the cover is lovely.

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  7. Thanks, ladies. I appreciate the wonderful comments, the enthusiasm and the support! It means the world to me. I can't wait to share my gorgeous Keepers with you all. x

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  8. OmG finally!!! I can not wait to read this part!! I am sooo thrilled to hear this news.
    Keep your good work up! :)

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    1. Thank you, Melissa! I'm so pleased you're as excited about the release of The Keepers: Declan as I am! Hope that you enjoy reading his story! :)

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