Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Tasty Summer Reads Blog Hop

I've been invited by the lovely Angela Campbell to take part in the Tasty Summer Reads Blog Hop with my current release The Keepers: Archer.

The great thing about this blog hop is that not only will the participating authors be answering some interesting questions and discussing their current releases or WIP, they will also be sharing some of their favorite tasty recipes.


1.  When writing are you a snacker?  If so, sweet or salty?

I’m more prone to raiding the cupboard later in the day for something sweet to go with my afternoon cup of coffee.  The rest of the time when I write, it’s mostly water on my desk.  I never eat whilst writing but often nibble when editing/re-reading what I’ve written.  That always seems to call for a cup of tea or coffee, and maybe something nice to snack on.  Chocolates are my ultimate weakness.

2.  Are you an outliner or someone who flies by the seat of their pants?  Are they real pants or jammies?

I'm a mixture between the two.  I always outline my story, highlight the major plot points, characters, etc. but once I start writing, the characters seem to drive the story, often taking the plot to places I hadn't considered.  I love my jammies at night time but in order to get my creative spark functioning in the morning, I need a shower and coffee!  Love my slippers though!

3.  When cooking or baking, do you follow the recipe exactly or wing it?

I follow the recipe as much as possible but I've been known to eliminate or add certain things depending on my mood.  I love cooking and baking and love to enjoy the product of that afterwards, but hate the mess that comes with it!

4.  What is next for you after this book?

The first book in the trilogy, Archer, has just been released.  I'm currently underway with book two of the series, Declan.  The trilogy is about three sexy brothers, three Keepers, who are duty bound to protect the same witch.  Although there is an underlying story carried throughout the series, each brother has his own story to tell.

5.  Last Question ... on a level of one being slightly naughty to ten being whoo whoo steamy, where does your book land?

Definitely steamy.  Sienna and Archer are hot together and have an undeniable chemistry which has been lots of fun to work with.

So, here's my recipe!

Considering my recipe offering should be a summer one, I've decided to share a firm favorite:  Homemade Hot Chocolate Sauce to go with some ice cream.  So simple to make but so delicious.  And although this doesn't appear in the first book, Archer, I'm having several visions of how it can be used on in Declan.  We'll see!

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Hot Chocolate Sauce

1 cup Sugar
½ cup Water
3 tablespoons Cocoa
A pinch of Cream of Tartar
Boil together in a pot for five minutes, stirring often.  Take off heat and stir in the following:
½ tablespoon Butter
½ teaspoon Vanilla Essence
A pinch of salt
Add to your favorite ice cream.

Voila!  It really is yummy so give it a try!

For more stops on the tour, and more fabulous summer reads and recipes, check out the very talented Zee Monodee, Charlotte PhillipsLindsay J Pryor and Kathy Bosman.

Thanks for stopping by!

Rae Rivers



  1. I definitely have to try that chocolate sauce. My family is crazy over ice-cream. Interesting post, Rae. Lovely to hear about your writing process.

    1. Thanks for the visit, Kathy! Enjoy!