Friday, June 28, 2013

My Winter Holiday Reads

The winter holidays are here and we're headed off on a wonderful family holiday to the bush.  A week of little to no contact with the outside world, limited Wi-Fi, and no cell reception or TV.  It's freezing cold and there's very little to do in terms of entertainment but it's a lovely opportunity to catch up with the family, relax, and reflect on the first half of the year.

This has been a wonderful year for me with lots of exciting opportunities and my first book, The Keepers: Archer is finally out to the world.  It's a scary but exhilarating feeling and I look forward to sharing it with readers. I'm currently underway with book two of the Keeper series so have my laptop packed and ready to go with on our trip.

Along with my computer, notebooks, and inspiration, I've also packed my Kindle - fully charged and bursting with some good reads - so in between the writing, game viewing and playing board games with my kids, I intend to cuddle up on the couch in front of the fireplace with a glass of red wine and catch up on my reading.

What's on my winter reading list?

Waking Up In Vegas
By Romy Sommer

What happens in Vegas… Waking up to the bright lights of Vegas in an unfamiliar penthouse suite, cocktail waitress Phoenix Montgomery finds she’s covered from head to foot in gold glitter and not alone – aside from the empty bottle of champagne, there’s a mystery man in the shower and a huge sparkly ring on her finger! Stays in Vegas? There’s no denying Max Waldburg’s demi-god sex appeal but commitment-phobic Phoenix doesn’t do relationships. Only it seems her new husband (agh!) has other ideas…he’s trying to keep that ring on her finger and his wife firmly back in his bed. The only question on her lips is – why? Or maybe, why not?

Confessions of a Chalet Girl
By Lorraine Wilson

Set in the exclusive Swiss ski resort of Verbier, the winter playground of the rich and famous, Confessions of a Chalet Girl is a fun and flirty contemporary romance novella from the fabulous Lorraine Wilson. The slopes seriously start to heat up when chalet girl Holly is propositioned by her sexy new boss!

Your Room or Mine
By Chalotte Phillips

1 cheating ex, 3 bottles of white wine, an emergency pep talk from the girls… and this seemed like a good idea at the time: Izzy Shaw’s Getting-Over-Him Action List 1. eBay his entire collection of football memorabilia and spend all profits on treating myself to fabulous new wardrobe.
2. Turn plans for ‘Loved-Up Mini-Break’ at exclusive boutique hotel into a weekend of spa pampering, me-time and shopping at Harvey Nics.
 3. Don’t get even, get even better. Have one night stand with drop-dead gorgeous stranger – Mr Tall, Dark & Handsome in the hotel lobby is just what I need! Your room or mine?

Sinfully Summer
By Aimee Duffy

Notorious heiress Alexa Green has certainly been enjoying her most recent girls-holiday in Marbella. Just as we thought, she’s been knocking back the cocktails and showing off her fabulous bikini body on the beach… but rumour has it she’s also been spotted sneaking out of Enrique Castillo’s penthouse in the early hours of this morning – in nothing but her underwear! Our question is, doesn’t this fiercely private billionaire know what he’s letting himself in for? He’s got the millions… and she knows how to spend them! So lie back on your sun lounger and get comfortable, because this summer fling is going to be a sizzler!

There are several more I have my eye on but for now, I want to catch up with some of these great books written by my author pals at Harper Impulse ... so, maybe, hopefully, pleeeeeease, my children will play happily alone for snatches of time so that I can enjoy these intriguing reads!

Thanks for reading!

Rae Rivers

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Giveaway Winner!

Thank you so much to everyone who joined Aimee and I in celebrating our release day.  The tweets, shares, comments, and support was wonderful and greatly appreciated.  As promised, I have a giveaway to one lucky winner ... so after adding all the names in a bowel (sorry, Sienna has all the witch's cauldrons) ....
Congrats, Tracey!  I have an Amazon gift card up for grabs so please forward your email address and it's yours!  Thanks for celebrating with us!
x Rae

Thursday, June 20, 2013

The Keepers: Archer Excerpt and Blurb

Lose yourself in the world of The Keepers, an exciting new Paranormal Romance trilogy from Rae Rivers.
“Don’t ever look for me again, Archer.”
His mouth curled into a smile. “Game on.”
Central Park. Sienna Beckham is out jogging in the autumn sun, feeling almost ordinary. Trouble is, she'll never be. She's on the run from her life as a powerful witch and the three Keepers blood-bound to protect her.
Evil is hot on Sienna's tail and Archer Bennett is searching for her, desperate to find her before they do. As one of her Keepers, he will fight to his death to defend her.
Sienna must return and defend her hometown, Rapid Falls – but she has to face the past and master her powers. And as forbidden feelings blossom between Sienna and Archer, will their love survive the ultimate war?
The Keepers: three strong and handsome warrior brothers, born to protect.
Published by Harper Impulse, Harper Collins
Available 20 June 2013
  Knowing her fight would be a hopeless one, she drew on the energy brewing within, reaching for the only part of her she knew would keep her alive.  Her powers. 
  A deep, scary emptiness greeted her and she drew in a deep breath as weakness washed over her.  Panic rose, fought with her grasp on composure, and she glanced frantically at each wolf.  And then the realization hit her.  First a cold trickle of fear that quickly turned into raw horror as she saw the small brown bags neatly tied around each wolf’s neck.
  A powerful herb that bound a witch’s powers.  Not often used or well known, but clearly, whoever had sent the wolves after her knew all about Ashwood and the affect it would have on a witch.  They also knew that the only way to activate the debilitating actions of the dreadful herb was to place it in a triangular form around a witch.
  A shape the wolves had mastered.
  A perfect ambush.
You can snag a copy of The Keepers: Archer here:
Thanks to everyone who joined Aimee Duffy and I today to celebrate the launch of our new books!  We love hearing from you so please leave a comment with your email (or other contact details) for an entry into our giveaway.  The competition runs all week until midnight Wednesday 26 June.
Rae Rivers


Some Sneak Peeks!

We've had sexy snippets, brief introductions to our characters, and a glimpse of their worlds ... and here's another excerpt from each book:

Snaring Ric’s hand, she dragged him to the dance floor amongst the other guests, all swaying to the beat. Having no other options for privacy, she would have to chew him out here where they’d be close enough to whisper without being overheard.
 ‘Dance with me,’ she said through gritted teeth.
 ‘Alexa, if you wanted to press yourself against me, all you had to do was ask.’ His tone was light, but his expression was tight and deadly serious. Then again, on closer inspection, the hard lines of his face were rigid with what looked like fury.
 ‘Dream on, Castillo. I want to talk to you and unfortunately, dancing with you seems to be the only time I’ll have you alone.’
You can pick up a copy of Sinfully Summer out now!
  “Don’t ever look for me again, Archer.”
  His jaw flexed, and he clenched each fist. Slowly, he pinned her with a heated glare.  “I will find you, Sienna.  Don’t fool yourself.”
  With a shaky smile, she backtracked away from him.  “You’re the fool for thinking you could broomstick me back home.”
  She turned away, needing to flee before he saw the crack in her powers as her body wasn’t yet strong enough to maintain them.
  And the fear of losing control always lingered. 
  “Sienna.”  The change in his tone had her glancing back at him over her shoulder.  His eyes narrowed and his mouth curled into a small smile.  “Game on.”
The Keepers:  Archer is available now!
Competition Reminder!
We would love to hear your thoughts so please leave a comment - every comment gets you an entry into our giveaway so remember to leave an email address or any other means of contacting you.  The competition runs until midnight next Wednesday. 
At 6pm (UK time), Aimee and I will each be posting our final excerpts for the day so swing by if you can. 
Thanks for reading!
Rae Rivers

Meet Archer and Sienna!

I've had many questions sent my way since I wrote Archer and the one that crops up the most is who I picture as my hero and heroine. Considering that The Keepers series is about three brothers who are all sexy handfuls in their own way, finding the right fit for each brother was tricky.  Sienna was an easier choice and I've had her pinned from the start.  Feisty, red hair, pale skin, tall and slim ... any guesses who that could be?

Sienna Beckham

Sienna is on the run from her destiny as a powerful Beckham witch and the three Keepers who protect her.  But she can't hide forever - especially with a an evil warlock and her three Keepers hot on her heels.   She's independent, feisty, and stubborn but she's as protective of her Keepers as they are of her! 

Nicole Kidman
“You said it yourself, Archer.  I’m a powerful witch.  You might want to keep that in mind when you threaten to caveman me home.”

Archer Bennett

The eldest of three brothers, he's strong, muscular, handsome ... everything a powerful warrior should be, but he has one weakness.  Sienna.  As her Keeper, he's duty bound to defend her and will fight to his death to protect her.

Channing Tatum makes a great Archer
“If anyone so much as lifts a finger to Sienna, the Bennett brothers will retaliate with so much wrath that it’ll make hell seem like an attractive place.”

The Bennett Estate in Rapid Falls

Rapid Falls is a small, mystical town surrounded by mountains, forests, rivers, and endless grape vineyards.  The town is renowned for the production of Ice Wine, a very unique and special wine made from frozen grapes.  Why wine?  Because wine farms are my stomping grounds!  I live surrounded by the most breathtaking wine farms and for us, a meal without wine is like tequila without the lemon! (Not that I drink much tequila!)

My daily view
So with the above pic in mind, I developed the fictional Rapid Ralls, a small but thriving town amongst this beauty.  Set to one side of the town and surrounded with vineyards and thick forests perfect for all sorts of magical rituals and some Keeper chaos, is the private and spacious Bennett Estate, complete with the gorgeous mansion that houses three handsome Keeper brothers. 

And if you think this picture looks tranquil, don't be fooled.  There's all sorts of evil warlocks and warriors lurking that are itching to create some havoc! 

Thanks for stopping by!  I love to hear what you think so please leave a comment - every comment will give you a draw into our giveaway.

Aimee has some sinfully gorgeous characters to reveal on her blog shortly so be sure to pop in there and say hello! 

Rae Rivers

We're having a Party!

Release day is finally here for The Keepers:  Archer, and Sinfully Summer  and Aimee Duffy and I are super excited.  To celebrate this wonderful day, we're having a joint party on our blogs and you're all invited!  We have several fun posts and sneak peeks scheduled with two $10 Amazon Gift Cards to give away, so stay close and join the celebrations!

Aimee and I will posting throughout the day and all you have to do is visit our sites (and don't forget to stop by at Harper Impulse) as prompted and leave a comment.  The competition is open until midnight on Wednesday 26 June 2013 and every comment gets you an entry into the draw so feel free to comment away!

All the names will be put into a witches cauldron (or something similar) and pulled at random and the winners will be announced on our blogs next week Thursday.

Thanks for sharing this with us and best of luck to all our readers participating in the giveaway!

Rae Rivers

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Release Day Celebration!

How time has flown since Harper Impulse snagged The Keepers: Archer for publication and after a few book revisions and lots of planning, release day is upon us!

I've been so fortunate in that my book is going to be released along with Aimee Duffy's Sinfully Summer and since it's freezing cold and wet here, I'm itching to get my nose stuck into this summer read!

Aimee and I have had loads of fun since Harper Impulse announced that they'd acquired our books.  We've shared so many ideas, emails, and had some interesting chats about tattoos and sexy men. 

Together with our team of wonderful editors, we've decided to celebrate our release day by having a joint party on our blogs tomorrow.  There'll be some brief excerpts, pics of our hot heroes, and giveaways so if you want a sneak peak at both books, come and join the celebrations!

Looking forward to seeing you here tomorrow!

x Rae

The Keepers: Archer is currently on tour!

Whilst I'm celebrating the release of my first book in the Keepers series, Archer is currently on a blurb tour.  Thanks to Lisa from Tasty Book Tours, who arranged this tour from start to finish, I've met some lovely new people and appeared on some wonderful blogs.

The schedule for the tour is as follows:

June 17th- Literal Hotties Naughty Book Reviews
(Stop 2) Rose Wynters

June 18th- Toots Book Reviews
(Stop 2) Romancing the Readers

June 19th- Romancing the Books
(Stop 2) Queen of All She Reads
(Stop 3) Urban Girl

June 20th- Storm Goddess Book Reviews

June 21st- Racing to Read
(Stop 2) Tattooed Book Reviews

June 22nd- Romance Bookworm

June 23rd- Reading Bliss

June 24th- Faerie Tale Books

June 25th- Jany's  Book Blog
(Stop 2) Reading is my Time Out

June 26th- Busy Mom's Book Reviews

June 27th- Paws and Print

June 28th- For the Love of Bookends
(Stop 2) Red Wine and Books

Thanks to Lisa and all the hosts from the above blogs who have offered to have me for the day!

There's an Amazon Gift Card Voucher up for grabs at the end of the tour for one lucky person so please stop by, leave a comment on any of the blogs and enter the giveaway!!

x Rae