Thursday, October 31, 2013

Halloween Excerpt: The Keepers Sienna

Who can resist celebrating Halloween?  It's fun and festive and offers the perfect backdrop for a night spent with vampires, witches, werewolves, skeletons and dozens of other supernaturals.

My witch, Sienna, and her four Keepers would fit right in!

So in light of joining in the fun of Halloween, here's a brief excerpt from The Keepers: Sienna:

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Setting the scene

Sienna and her Keepers are at the town carnival and she's working a shift alone in the school hall converted into a hall of mirrors.




Tunnels of giggling school kids were one thing but darkened corridors filled with nothing but her own images were unnerving.

Sienna strolled through the tunnels, ignoring her reflection as she walked. She’d check the stage one more time before heading out to join her Keepers for a beer. They’d also be finished with their shifts and Sienna looked forward to a lively evening with her friends.

With Archer.

The thought shouldn’t send a flutter of butterflies through her stomach but it did. Repeatedly. Before Sienna could scold herself, the dim lights flickered a few times before going out completely. She froze, wide-eyed, and then blinked as her eyes adjusted to the darkness. The only light was a stream of moonlight that filtered through windows in the roof. A shuffle of feet had her whirling around, her senses prickling in warning.

“Who’s there?” she called, pleased that her voice held no hint of her uneasiness.

In answer, a black cloaked image appeared in the mirror beside her and Sienna took a step backward, a soft gasp escaping before she could stop it. She paused, scanning the tunnel of mirrors for the real version, but confusion reigned; the placement of the mirrors having the desired effect.

“This isn’t funny!” she snapped, hoping like hell that this was some silly teenage prank. The figure disappeared and she exhaled, only to spin around when it appeared again – but this time there were multiple images reflected around her. Trying not to panic, she focused on the face clouded in a hoodie and darkened shadows. It was hard to tell if it was one person or several.

Feeling the rumbling of restless energy inside her, Sienna back-tracked away from him, searching for the person behind the reflections. He edged closer to the strip of moonlight cast across the floor, the movement chasing away some of the shadows on his face.

With a deep growl, he lifted his head. The air whooshed out of her as though he’d struck her. She stared, a flash of paralyzing fear rooting her to the spot.

The face of a skeleton stared back at her. Dark soulless eyes, outlined in thick black smudges, seared into her. A black nose with hollow, black cheeks, and a long jawline of skeletal teeth.

Everything reeled and she screamed, staggering back into the mirror behind her. It fell backward, shattering to the ground with an eerie screech of splintering glass that snapped her attention from the intruder for a split second.

With another low growl, almost a gurgle, he charged forward. Sienna screamed again as the mirrors closed in on her, the appalling face coming at her from all angles.

And then he was gone.

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.

Find out how it all began…

The FREE PREQUEL to a magical new series, The Keepers.

 
Happy Halloween!

Rae Rivers

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

New Release! Cat Got Your Tongue?

I'm thrilled to announce that Cat Got Your Tongue? has been released!

A fun, flirty romantic suspense novel filled with art heists, cat burglars, and hot romance! 

 
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?
 
Available now as an eBook:
 
 
Available now in print (yes, PRINT!)
 
 
My First Sale!

This was the first book I ever sold and holds a special place in my heart as that first sale gave me the confidence I needed to soar as a storyteller, reach out to other authors who have since become friends, and explore the wonderful (and scary!) world of publication.  Shortly after the sale, I came up with the concept of my gorgeous Keepers which snagged me a four book deal with Harper Impulse.

So, thank you to my amazing characters, Cole and Alex, who provided months of fun, The Wild Rose Press for offering that first contract, and to my editor, Laura Kelly, for saying yes and helping me to shape my very first book!

Thanks for stopping by and sharing this with me!
 
Rae Rivers
 







 

Monday, October 14, 2013

New Release! Revenge in Rio by Samantha Darling

Welcome to the lovely Samantha Darling who has joined me today with her latest book, Revenge in Rio, to chat about her heroine, Daniella.

Blurb

Calculated revenge, unexpected passion…

Business magnate Luca Venancio is returning to Rio to pay his respects to his late brother, and to seduce his once fiancée, Daniella, back into his bed. Five years ago she left him without so much as a word, shunning him and the rich life he could offer in exchange for his younger, reckless brother. Now Luca wants revenge—seduce her and dump her, that's all he intends to do.

Blackmailed into a violent farce of a marriage, Daniella had no choice but to comply to protect Luca's life, even though it meant never being able to see him again. Years later, a twist of fate reunites them, throwing her plans of fleeing Rio out of the window and the love of her life straight back in.
Luca's flawless plan soon becomes complicated when he discovers Daniella is expecting his brother's child. It becomes even more complicated when old passions return. Can he actually go through with seducing her, bedding her, and then discarding her?

More about Daniella from Samantha ...

*** CONTAINS SPOILERS ***

 Lately I’ve been asked a fair few questions about Revenge in Rio’s hero, Luca Venancio and don’t get me wrong; I’ve thoroughly enjoyed talking about him. Who wouldn’t, right? He’s make-you-weak-at-the-knees hot, rich, intelligent, did I mention hot….but enough about him. Today I wanted to talk about why I adore the heroine of the story - Daniella Venancio. I feel for Daniella, I really, really do and I’m so glad that she gets her happy ever after. It’s truly well deserved.  

 So, what do I love about her…

·         She has a fun, carefree side if only she’d let her guard is down.

·         She’s always been a fighter.

·         She has a feisty side.

·         She’ll go to any length to protect her baby.

·         She had to endure a LOT of sh*t from her late husband – which could have broken, no, should have broken her, but instead it’s made her stronger.

·         She’s beautiful.

·         She’s intelligent.

·         She’s kind.

·         She never gave up on her love for Luca - She held on to it even when they were apart.   

I hope you love Daniella as much as I do!  Thanks for welcoming me on to your blog today, Rae.
Sam

About Samantha

I live in Essex, not too far from London, with my very understanding husband, our identical twin boys, and two Bedlington Terriers. We're crammed into our rather cozy two-up two-down terrace and we can barely swing a cat, but hey, we love it. I work part-time as a nurse, but when I'm off duty, you will find me either chasing the toddlers around like a headless chicken, head buried in a book, or tapping away at my stories.

I have always loved to read and romance is by far my favourite genre! You can easily escape into such promising worlds, where sexy Alpha males lead the way and strong heroine's often can't help but fall head over heels in love. I adore a Happy Ever After - as I'm sure we all do if we're honest, right?!

Reading and writing go hand in hand and from the day I could read, I enjoyed writing. To put pen to paper and conjure up weird and wonderful little stories was what I thrived on! English was my favourite class at school right throughout to secondary - and I will always be thankful for the teachers who gave me the opportunities to develop and be creative! If I remember rightly, one of my first stories was called 'The Turkey Who Could Talk'...but I'll tell you more about that some other day :-) 
 
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