Saturday, December 27, 2014

Keeper Talk on Live TV!

It was with great excitement and a bundle of nerves (which I hope I hid well!) that I recently appeared on Morning Live, South Africa's TV breakfast show.

I was booked on the show four days prior to the interview without any indication of the questions that would be asked. This was rather daunting as it's kinda LIVE, you know?  And I'd need to sound professional and calm and many, many people would be watching .., some who know me and many others who don't.  (To be honest, I'm not sure which made me more nervous!)

One thing you should all know is that I'm extremely camera shy.  I avoid a camera like I avoid Brussels Sprouts so the idea of me behind one, on real time, answering questions I couldn't prepare before the time had my stomach in a tiny twist.

Fortunately, the day before, after processing the idea for a while, I found my happy, peaceful space.  First, I absolutely 100% blocked out the live TV part.  I'd be talking to one person - a simple conversation - and best of all, we'd be talking about my book, The Keepers: Archer.

I can do that.  Easily.  Ask me any time, any day, about my Keepers or my writing and I'll talk your ear off!  They're my stories, my characters, my passion, so talking about it would come naturally.

It's with those thoughts that my husband and I got to the studio and I went straight into hair and make up.  I'd expected a bustling news studio with people running around like crazy.  Instead, it was the opposite.  It was so peaceful and quiet. From the security, to the make up artist to the sound and camera guys, everyone was so chilled that I couldn't help but feel calm too.  They were so friendly and they all welcomed my hubby into the process too so it was lovely having him with me and sharing the experience with him.

From make up, I was taken into the studio, hooked up with ear and voice pieces, and went through a few sound checks, voice checks, camera positioning and then I had to wait for the show's host, Samm Marshall.  The team spoke me through the whole process which was great as I knew what was happening every step of the way.

When we finally went live, I was blown away by how relaxed and calm Samm was and it was all too easy to take my cue from him. He'd prepared well, had great background knowledge of my Keepers, the plot and Sienna.  Chatting to him was wonderful and talking about my Keepers came so naturally, especially when I focused on him and only him - which was odd considering I couldn't actually see him!  We were filming in Cape Town and Samm was in the Johannesburg studio.  (Isn't technology awesome?)

And then it was over and I could breathe again and there were hugs and high fives all around. I did it!  Phew!

Hubby and I ended off with breakfast at the beach whilst I got that post exam feeling. Huge relief that it was over but wondering how I'd done!

I'm so thankful to my publicist and the Morning Live team for the opportunity. What a fun experience!  I'm also incredibly grateful for all the support and messages I received from friends, family and readers cheering me on from the sidelines.  You know who you are - thank you!

And best part of all was that when I got home, I was greeted with big hugs and excited squeals from my kids.  According to them, I'm a rock star! :)

Happy holidays,

Rae Rivers




Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Keepers arrive in South Africa!

My three handsome warrior brothers have finally arrived in South Africa!

I was over the moon with excitement recently to receive this pic from a fabulous local reader - paperback copies bought from Exclusive Books, one of our local book stores in SA!

YES!  The Keepers: Archer and The Keepers: Declan are now available as paperbacks in selected book stores throughout South Africa!

Anyone want to guess my level of excitement right now?  :)

My love of storytelling started at the age of 12 years old and later blossomed into a dream of becoming a published author - one that became an amazing reality a little more than a year ago when HarperCollins offered me a four book deal for my Keepers series.  To date, the books have been available as eBooks and now, finally, as paperbacks too.

I've had so many lovely readers asking for paperbacks since the first book was published and I've been itching to share an actual book with them and see the books on the shelves.  It's with huge thanks and appreciation to a whole team of people who made this happen - the awesome book stores who've agreed to stock my books, my publicist, Helen Holyoake, my editors at HarperImpulse, and the sales team at Jonathan Ball who brought the books in from the UK.  Thank you so much!

AND readers will be thrilled to hear that The Keepers: Sienna has been included in The Keepers: Archer as one paperback as a bonus read - just 'cause you're all so awesome!

Seeing these books in store at the fabulous Exclusive Books has been a dream come true and I'm so excited to be able to share my stories with more readers.

Please help me to spread the news by sharing with your friends and on social media.  I'd really appreciate it!  Oh, and if you spot my books on your local shelves or purchase your very own copy, please send me a pic or tag me on Facebook.

Thank you dear readers, bloggers, friends and family for all your support and enthusiasm for my Keepers.  If you do snag yourself a copy of a Keeper, I hope that you enjoy their story!

Bouncing with joy,
Rae Rivers








Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

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It's Halloween - a perfect time for spooky, silly and loads of fun. A night celebrated with vampires, werewolves, witches, and dozens of other supernatural creatures.  Watch out for my witch and her three handsome Keepers! ;)

In light of sharing in the festivities, I've included a brief excerpt from The Keepers: Sienna.  Enjoy!

Excerpt

Lightning struck in the distance and a bolt of light flashed through a gap in the trees, highlighting six approaching men.

Mason’s warriors.

Sienna’s gut twisted and with quick hand movements, she sent lashes of fire their way. Their shouts of surprise ripped through the night and they scattered. Sienna responded with another round of ammunition that seemed to quicken Mason’s movements.

He tied the rope around the cat’s neck and went to the next one with another bag, repeating the movement. “There was an old witch I met recently in New Orleans,” he shouted above the noise, showing her the bag before fastening it to the third cat. “She was a friend of my mother’s and shares our vision for our kind. She gave me these three bags and I’m itching to see if they work.”

Sienna knew immediately what he meant, felt the hitch in her energy the moment the third bag touched the cat’s neck, and fought to maintain the protection spell. Ashwood. She’d never seen the debilitating herb before, but her mother had once mentioned it. Not well known, it bound a witch’s powers if placed in a triangular form around her. That and Rose Thorn were two herbs every witch dreaded.

Mason straightened, dusted off his hands and gave her a wide grin that smacked of triumph. Their gazes met across the retreating flames and she kept her back rigid, her head held high.

“You might temporarily bind my powers, Mason, but you’ve forgotten one thing,” she said with a quiet confidence, even though the circle of fire had begun to wither away.

“And what’s that, love?”

“My Keepers will come for me.”

“They don’t know where you are.”

“They will find me and they will come for me. Always.”

The long line of skeletal teeth drew together as his smile lessened. Without the grin, his tattooed deadpan expression was even more eerie, blurring the lines between the living and the dead. His black eyes settled on her with such intensity that her stomach lurched. “That’s exactly what I’m counting on.”

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.


The FREE PREQUEL to my magical Paranormal series, The Keepers, available for download here!

Happy Halloween!

Rae Rivers

Monday, September 29, 2014

Cat Got Your Tongue?


My romantic suspense book, Cat Got Your Tongue?, is ON SALE for a limited period so if you're in the mood for a fun, flirty adventure with cat burglars, art heists, and some hot romance, head on over to your nearest eBook retailer and snag yourself a copy!

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?

Amazon UK
Amazon US
Barnes & Noble
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Happy reading!

Rae Rivers

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Keeper Talk with PNR Radio!

I'm so excited to be chatting about my gorgeous Keepers to Arial Burnz from Ilovevampirenovels.com in the US this week!

In partnership with ILoveVampireNovels.com, author Arial Burnz is the host of the podcast PNRradio.com, where she features entertainment that goes bump in the night. If you love paranormal and fantasy books, TV shows and movies, you’ll love PNR Radio! Guests include bestselling authors (e.g., Nalini Singh, Kami Garcia, Kelley Armstrong, Sharon Hamilton & Patrick Rothfuss) and celebrities (from TV shows like Supernatural and Dracula), and every show has a giveaway.


I have two ebooks up for grabs (Keeper of your choice!) so check out the link here to enter!

And to listen to me blabber on about my Keepers and how much I love them ... click on the link below.  I LOVED chatting to Arial - it was such fun and such an honour to be hosted on her show, so thank you, Arial!

   

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Wednesday with Desere Steenberg

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I'm delighted to welcome book blogger, Desere Steenberg, in the spotlight this week.  Not only is Desere an avid reader like me, she's also from South Africa!  Welcome, Desere ...

DS:  First off thank you to the lovely Rae for inviting me today! And if you have not read this woman’s books, you are missing out big time, go read them now, I command you!

Haha, LOVE that, thank you!  If you had to write a bio for yourself, what would it say? 

Forced to work, born to read!

Describe yourself in five words. 

Insightful, emotional, picky, perceptive, fun-loving

What made you decide to start blogging? 

My goal to get the word out about all things book related.

What are the blogging highlights? 

Voicing my opinion is definitely the highlight, I find it very fulfilling to be able to tell it the way I see it.

What are the blogging lows? 

The deadlines can sometimes wreak havoc on everyday life and be very stressful.

Do you have any pet peeves about the blogging/author/publisher/reading process? 

Just one, receiving emails from authors requesting book reviews and saying “ I ‘ll make it worth your while if you give me a good 5 /5 star review” I absolutely loath it, I believe in always giving an honest opinion. 


How does blogging fit into your family life, work etc? 

Honestly, it just, just fits!

When you’re not reading or blogging, you’re...? 

A full time paralegal to a US based attorney, we assist people injured in war zones such as Iraq and Afghanistan, and I also home school my nine year old son, who is the keeper of my heart!

You receive a lot of author requests to read their books. How do you decide what to read and when? 

I always try to read each and every request that comes my way, the more various genre’s and writing styles I read the more I learn. The only time I do turn someone away is when my schedule is completely booked to such an extent that I simply cannot make it work, because I work on a strict ‘ make sure a review is up by release date ‘ basis.

Tell us something about yourself that readers won’t know from reading your blog. 

I am completely mad about cats! Simply adore them. From tigers to lions to tabbies I love them all!

What are you currently reading?

One step too far by Tina Seskis

Do you have any advice to authors about how best to approach bloggers and develop relationships with them? 

Never be afraid to ask if you are unsure, us bloggers realize that it could be your first time requesting a review and we know it’s scary. So ask, ask ASK as many questions as possible, and even if you have asked us ten times before ASK AGAIN! Not only will you feel assured but the blogger will remember you the next time around and thus know what it is you are after when requesting a blog tour, review or even just advise.

How has blogging enriched your life? 

In so many countless ways that there is no time to list them all here, but the one that pops the most is the people I have met through blogging, from readers to authors to fans of my reviews. My life would not be half as interesting if it was not for the special peeps in my life!

Quick word associations 

Paranormal  -  dark, mysterious
Children  -   love, smiles, hugs
Men  -  sexy, strong, raw
Beach  -  sun, surf, sand
Bliss  -  reading, coffee, fireplace
Homework  -  Agg! Where’s the dislike button? 
Heels  -  empowering, red
Weekends  -  relaxation 
Holiday  -  Italy, Greece, and France… dang now I want to go in holiday!!
Fridays  -  end of the week rush

Desere loves to talk about books at Romance Book Haven and Facebook - or find her on Twitter.  Thanks for sharing more about yourself, Desere!

We welcome your questions or comments.

Thanks for reading!

Rae Rivers

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wednesday With One More Page

I'm so excited to welcome Amanda Moran from One More Page in the spotlight this week!

Amanda was one of the very first book bloggers I came into contact with when publishing my first book, The Keepers: Archer, and her friendliness and support for my series  - and me - has been wonderful. Thanks, Amanda!

Describe your household / family.

I live just outside London with my husband and two sons, Max who is 6 next month and Sam who has just turned 3. We’re a crazy, noisy household and Star Wars rules at the moment!

Describe yourself in five words. 

Optimistic, enthusiastic, bookloving, water baby, mum.

What made you decide to start One More Page?

I started One More Page in July 2010; my inspirations were a combination of reading blogs like Novelicious and Chick Lit Reviews and thinking, ‘I’d love to do that’ and my husband who had a blog and kept telling me I should start one on books (I think this was mainly so he’d have more time to play his Xbox!) I’ve always loved books and reading (I’m a librarian!) and used to keep a paper book journal to record what I read and my thoughts. The blog sprang from there (it’s subtitled, ‘Diary of a Book lover) and is my online book journal.

How did you come up with the name of your blog? 

It took me forever to come up with a name and it was my husband who eventually thought of One More Page after asking me for the fifth time to turn the light off and getting the same response … “One more page…!”

How does blogging fit into your family life, work etc? 

It’s a bit of a juggling act; I work full time and with two small children life is busy, busy, busy but my blog and reading are my little escapes so I always try to make time to do one or the other each day.

You receive a lot of author requests to read their books. How do you decide what to read and when?

It depends, sometimes I read and review to a specific deadline requested by a publisher or author but as much as possible I choose my next read depending on my mood. I read quite a variety of fiction; paranormal, fantasy, historical, romance, literary and chick lit so I can always find something to suit!

What are you currently reading? 

I’m working my way through Aimee Duffy’s fab Summer Flings series of short stories which are brilliant summer escapism and I’ve just finished reading Station Eleven which is one of my favourite books of the year so far. Next up on my reading list is The Girls From Corona Del Mar.

What would you like to see more of in the type of books you’re reading?

I've really got into New Adult fiction this year and I’d love to see more Paranormal New Adult!

Quick word associations!

Library  -  heaven
Cocktails  -  yummy
Diamonds  -  Tiffany
Underwear  -  Turquoise!
Coffee  -  no thanks (it gives me migraines!)
Ironing  -  husband ;-)
Smell  -  seaside
Food  -  love it!
Storms  -  exciting
Men  -   blond hair, blue eyes

Fantastic answers, Amanda, thanks so much for sharing more about yourself - I'd LOVE to know how ironing = husband ...!! :)

Amanda's blog is full of fab book news, author interview and reviews. She can also be found on Twitter, Goodreads and Facebook - links are on her blog.

As always, we welcome your questions and comments!  Thanks for reading!

Rae Rivers

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Wednesday with CometBabesBooks

Another Wednesday rolls around and I'm delighted to welcome the lovely Jo Hurst in the spotlight!

Jo offers a steady stream of book news and reviews on her blog. She's been a wonderful support to me personally with my Keepers series (thank you, Jo!) and recently admitted that she's a huge Ethan fan!

What made you decide to start CometBabesBooks?

I started blogging because I wanted to share my love of books and was always being asked what books I had read, which ones I would recommend. I came across bloggers via twitter and I thought what a wonderful idea.

What are the blogging highlights?

Making loads of new friends via twitter and interacting with them. I have friend’s bloggers/authors from America to Australia.

Do you have any pet peeves about the blogging/author/publisher/reading process? 

I don’t really have any, I’m pretty easy going, but the only thing that does annoy me is when an author emails you to read/review their book and attaches it to the email. It’s like they expect you to read it.

What is the most challenging thing about being a blogger?

There are 2 things I find challenging, one is finding time to read all the wonderful books out there and my TBR pile has become massive so quickly, I feel awful saying no to someone. The other, is deciding what to put in a review, even when I really like a book I sometimes struggle with what to say. I don’t want to say the same thing over and over again.

You receive a lot of author requests to read their books. How do you decide what to read and when? 

At one point I didn't like saying no to anyone but my TBR is so huge that I have had to start saying ‘I’m really sorry but I don’t have time to read your book at the moment’. I have also mentioned this on my blog. Depending on the author I may make exceptions, especially if it is part of a series I have been reading and I want to read the next book.

What are you currently reading?

I’m just about to start Chronicles of a Lincoln Park Fashionista by Aven Ellis, I love Aven’s books and she writes the hottest book boyfriends.

Do you have any advice to authors about how best to approach bloggers and develop relationships with them? 

I would say interact with us on social media, twitter, facebook etc, don’t just send us a random email asking us to review and especially don’t just attach your book to your email or by spamming us via Twitter, it’s so annoying, I know a lot of bloggers ignore requests if you spam us on twitter. I don’t mind a DM asking for a review, I know some bloggers who don’t like that.

Quick word associations! 

Pets  -  Dogs
Chocolate   -  Galaxy
Books   -  Fantasy
Men   -  Tall, dark, handsome
Beach   -  Cocktails
Travel  -  Sun and a book beside pool
Ice cream  -  Chocolate
Children   -  No thank you

Thanks so much for the visit, Jo, and for sharing more about yourself. Fab answers! Besides blogging, Jo is very active on Twitter and Facebook (we have loads of fun there!) so check out her blog for links and go find her!

We love to hear your thoughts and questions so please leave a comment below.

Thanks for reading!

Rae Rivers

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Wednesday With Laura's Little Book Blog

Last week's blogger guest post was hugely successful, snagging reader interest and support from across the globe - a sure sign that  readers and authors are as curious about bloggers as I am!

Today I have another awesome blogger in the spotlight - Laura Delve from Laura's Little Book Blog.  Laura offers a variety of book news and reviews on her blog and is a huge Archer fan from my Keepers series!

If you had to write a bio for yourself, what would it say?

I’m an avid reader with a serious passion for books that I wish I could spend my work time and free time doing. Books are what make me the most happy and I love writing book reviews for my blog- it’s definitely one of the best things I ever decided to do. When I’m not reading I do spend time on my second passion in life, which is Marketing, hoping to one day combine books and marketing. I love spending time with my friends and niece who is 16 months old and I love her to bits. Hope to one day have a family of my own.

Describe your household / family. 

My family is pretty crazy, but we are incredibly close. My Mum and I are particularly close and we are more like friends. I get on better with my sister since she had my niece Bella, but there are still times when I feel like killing her - lol. I’m not so close to my Dad, but we get on fine- unconditional love and all that. I also absolutely love my grandparents, especially my Nanny who helped bring me up whilst my Mum was at work. I used to see all the time but since I started working full time I sadly see her less. But basically I love all my family to bits and don’t know what I would do without them.

What made you decide to start Laura’s Little Book Blog? 

I had wanted to start a blog back in 2011, but it didn't really have a focus, so gave up. So in 2013, shortly after I had broken up from my then boyfriend, I decided that it was the year for change and I was going to start a book blog. I also thought that it would help with the social media aspect of my job, by using different social platforms etc. Like most bloggers when they start out, I really did not think anyone would read it or take any interest, but my following grew and now I could not do without it.

What are the blogging highlights? 

The people you meet in the book blogging community, book posts and seeing your quote in books.

What are the blogging lows? 

Lack of time, pressure to read a billion books a week, writing reviews when you don’t really feel like it.

Do you have any pet peeves about the blogging/author/publisher/reading process? 

Being chased for a review really really annoys me! I try not to make blogging feel like a chore so read books when I feel in the mood to read them, so when someone chases me saying have you read it yet, it makes me feel even less inclined to read their book. What I think some people forget is that bloggers do this for fun and for free! We are using our own free time to read their books, so it really isn't fair to chase us.

How does blogging fit into your family life, work etc? 

I have an hour’s commute in the morning and on the way back so I read then and sometimes in my lunch hour. I also read in the evenings when I can and when there is a time pressure at the weekends-although I dedicate Saturdays solely to family and friends.

When you’re not reading or blogging, you’re...? 

Seeing friends/with family/working.

What is the most challenging thing about being a blogger?

Keeping on top of everything and finding time that doesn't exist.

You receive a lot of author requests to read their books. How do you decide what to read and when? 

If they look like they have taken the time to read my review policy and check out my blog properly then it’s a good start, if I’m addressed by the wrong name or told ‘Read my Book’ then it’s a straight away no. I need to feel like the author has done their research and definitely think that I am the blog for them. After that it depends on the synopsis and also if I am inundated with books at the time.

What are you currently reading?

Last Bus to Coffeeville by J.Paul Henderson- really well written and well researched.

Do you have any advice to authors about how best to approach bloggers and develop relationships with them?

Well as I mentioned above, get to know the blogger. Don’t spam them with book promotions as that won’t get you anywhere! Also address them by the correct name when writing them an email; also don’t just say Hi! Would you like to read my book?! I think what some authors forget is that bloggers are people! We aren't just reading machines. Get to know us! Talk to us! We don’t bite. I can almost guarantee that your book will more likely be read if you strike up a friendly relationship with bloggers.

How has blogging enriched your life? 

It sounds silly, but I honestly feel like I have more of a purpose in my life. Yes there are some days when I feel like stopping, like I know quite a few bloggers have done recently, but my desire to carry on is stronger. Also it has widened my reading choices- I didn't realize how limited my reading was until I started blogging. I have read some amazing books that I doubt I would have even heard of if it wasn't for blogging.

Quick word associations:

Abs   -  fab
High Heels  -  flats
Holidays   -  Barbados
Heroes   -  villains
Weekends   -  bliss
Puppies   -  cute
Housework   -  dull
Babies   -  adorable

Thanks so much for sharing more about yourself, Laura. I totally agree with your word choice for housework!  Dull.  For more about Laura or book news, check out her fabulous blog!

As always, I love to hear your thoughts so please leave a comment below.

Thanks for reading!

Rae Rivers

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Wednesday With BestChickLit



August kicks off with a new weekly post every Wednesday spotlighting some fabulous book bloggers.  These wonderful women have offered me so much support since the release of my first Keepers book last year and I'm thrilled to get to know a bit more about each of them!

Today in the spotlight is the lovely Charlotte Foreman from BestChickLit so join us and get to know a little more about the person behind this amazing blog!

If you had to write a bio for yourself, what would it say?

I’m a bookworm of the highest order. Not being able to read is something I could never comprehend and having a good book in my hand is one of life’s biggest luxuries. I indulge more frequently than most.

Describe yourself in five words

Persistent, friendly, hard working, obsessive and tidy.

What made you decide to start BestChickLit? 

I wanted to create somewhere my books, as in the way I see the books I read, could live. I needed a place I could express my excitement about the stories I loved and hoped to share that will like-minded people.

What are the blogging highlights? 

There are so many! Meeting any author is always a huge thrill for me and is the ultimate payment for all the hard work blogging takes. Having one of our reviews quoted on a cover is also exciting.

Do you have any pet peeves about the blogging / author /  publisher / reading process? 

I’m generally fairly laid back about what other people are doing but one of my real pet peeves is when people write spoilers in reviews, especially on Amazon. I simply don’t understand the need to layout a book’s every surprise, twist and turn. That’s not what a review is for, it’s unfair and completely unnecessary.

How does blogging fit into your family life, work etc? 

I work from home so I’m able to interweave it quite easily.

When you’re not reading or blogging, you’re...? 

Either working or doing family domesticated type things!

You receive a lot of author requests to read their books. How do you decide what to read and when? 


We have a Review Database. When books are sent in, they are added to the database for a period of 12 months and we choose our own reads from there.

Tell us something about yourself that readers won’t know from reading your blog.  

I’ve got quite a temper on me ;)

What are you currently reading?

I’m just about to start You Had Me at Merlot by Lisa Dickenson.

Do you have any advice to authors about how best to approach bloggers and develop relationships with them? 

Remember that just being friendly and polite goes a lot further than you’d think. As does checking out a blog before emailing over a review request.

A few fun, quick word associations!

Fire – hot
Cake – chocolate, fudge, gooey
Books - heaven
Ocean - blue
Abs – six pack
Holiday - sun
Babies – awww!
Diamonds - jewellery
Scent – perfume
Food – a good meal


Thanks for the lovely chat, Charlotte!  For book news, reviews, blog tours and many other author services, head on over to BestChickLit!

Thanks for reading - as always, we welcome your comments!

Rae Rivers


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Friday, July 18, 2014

Book News: Book 2 in the Striker Series has released!

The game kicked off on June 5th with the release of ‘Striker’, and now that game carries on with the release of ‘Extra Time’, the second book in Michelle Betham’s seductively wicked bonk buster trilogy.

Life’s moved on for professional soccer player Ryan Fisher, sports reporter Amber Sullivan and Jim Allen, the manager of Ryan’s club Newcastle Red Star. But the repercussions of just a few months ago still hang heavy. Who’s trying their best to play by the rules? And who’s still willing to break them…?

Delving into the lives of those who live and work within the so-called Beautiful Game, ‘Extra Time’ is a story of sex, secrets and the true cost of fame.

Footballers’ Wives meets Jackie Collins in this sizzling scorcher of a read!

‘Extra Time’ – the game continues…

Author Bio: 

I’ve been making up stories for as long as I can remember, so it stood to reason that, at some point, I’d start writing some of them down. I currently have ten novels in total to my name, ranging from the sweet to the really quite steamy – which is my favourite kind of romance! When I’m not creating hot heroes and sexy scenarios I like to read everything from erotica to horror. I’m also a bit of a TV addict with a penchant for “binge-watching”, I love football, darts and rock music, have a slight obsession with Timothy Olyphant, and I’m also an unashamed ‘Breaking Bad’ geek!

Contact Links: 

Blog
Facebook
Twitter - @michellebetham


 ‘Extra Time’ – Book #2 in the Striker Series – is available to download now from the following buy links:


Book #1 in the series – is also available to download, and ‘Final Score’ – the third and final book in the trilogy – is due for release in August. Paperback versions of all books in the series will be available later in the year.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Why my editor loves Declan!


"Dark-haired Keeper with a wry sense of humor, hot romance, stunning landscapes, epic fight scenes and a labor of love ..."

My editor, Emily, shares why she loves my new book so much! And apparently, I have a vivid imagination!  Check out the link below on HarperImpulse's website!

                   Declan is released today!


Release Day for The Keepers: Declan!




Declan Cover

It's release day for The Keepers: Declan!!

And we're celebrating in style with some of the best book bloggers and authors around hosting the event.

Tour giveaway:

Win 1 of 2 copies of Archer, book 1 in the series

Launch Tour 12th June


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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Sneak Peak of The Keepers: Declan!

We've been counting down the days until the release of The Keepers: Declan and thanks to the help of some awesome book bloggers, authors, and readers - all enthusiastic Keeper fans - Declan's story will be launching tomorrow with a bang!  We have author interviews, blog tours, a Facebook launch party, a few giveaways and lots of excitement!

And for those of you who have been asking ... here's the blurb for this sexy new Keeper!  

“You lied to me, misled me, attacked me,” Declan murmured, dipping his head toward hers, “but what we had three months ago wasn’t fake, was it?” Kate's gaze faltered to his lips, heat pulsing between them. But she didn’t deny it.

Declan Bennett has zero tolerance for thieves. He and his brothers, the Keepers, are fiercely protective of their witch, Sienna, and their privacy. So when Kate Carrigan breaks into their estate, he'll be damned if he lets the little wildcat get away with it – especially after she seduced him three months ago, leaving him buck-naked in a New Orleans hotel. Declan wants payback – and some answers.

Before she was murdered, Kate's mother ingrained it in her not to trust anyone. Kate’s magical powers make her a pawn in the war between good and evil, a war she’s always avoided. Declan is everything she’s been taught to fear, even if she can’t forget the memory of his touch that one night…

Trouble is brewing as the powers of evil regroup - bolder and hungrier than ever - and Kate is forced to choose a side.

Hot romance, epic battles and action abound in Book 2 of The Keepers.

One more day to go!

Looking forward to sharing this with you.

Rae Rivers

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Come Join the Romance Festival!


Are you attending the Romance Festival happening this weekend?  It's all about readers, authors, editors and publishers and the fabulous books that bring us all together! There are so many exciting events planned - blog posts, Twitter and Facebook chats, Google hangouts, giveaways, advice for aspiring writers ... the list is endless.

And best of all?  It's free AND you can attend it all from home.

There are so many incredible authors lined up and participating in various ways.  You'll also get to read Q&A's with your favourite authors throughout the weekend.  Want to know about MY most romantic moment?  Check it out here!

I'm super excited to be joining Gena ShowalterDarynda JonesHelen Phifer and Angela Campbell to discuss all things Paranormal on Sunday —11 a.m. Pacific time; 2 p.m. Eastern U.S. time; 7 p.m. London time; and 8p.m. South African time.

So if you're a fan of Paranormal, you'll definitely want to meet up with this dynamic group of authors for a chat.  You'll find us on Facebook.

I look forward to seeing you there!

I've had a few readers asking me what's on my reading list this weekend, so here it is ... between devouring all this fabulous information at the festival, I'll also be reading Angela Campbell's fantastic paranormal romance, On the Scent, with Something Wicked next on my list.  Can't wait!


Wishing you all a happy weekend!  Have fun at the festival and if you see me lurking, please do come say hi!

Rae Rivers

Friday, May 23, 2014

Starting Ethan!

Now that Declan's done, my family and friends are surprised that I'm not taking a breather before starting Ethan. Truth is, I can't WAIT to start his story! And not only that, but it's reader messages like the one below that I received this week that give me all the creative fuel I need to get cracking!

"One of the best series I've read! And now I’m a huge fan of this paranormal book! I thought it really ended, but after reading/knowing about the black legend, another spark of interest lit in me. Their journey isn't done yet. I’m sure, the next book would be a lot more action, romance and magic!—and more addicting! I love the romance, the action, the full-blast magic (specially the climax part of the story) and it was like I was watching it on TV. For real. How I wish, one of the TV networks in US would discover this series. This’ll make a good movie. Smooth plot, keeps me more addicted as the pages goes by. The story has a good-run, best characters that really suit the story and of course the action parts. The writing was amazing, as well as the plot twists. Many, many thanks to you Ms.Rae for gifting me this book! Congratulations for this very wonderful story! 

PS. Can’t wait for what lies next in the next book!"

How's THAT for awesome?!  :)

Wish me luck!

Rae Rivers


Monday, May 19, 2014

Wedding talk with Samantha Birch!

Today, I'm welcoming the lovely Samantha Birch, author of The High Street Bride's Guide, a non-fiction book that offers any bride-to-be useful tips on wedding planning.  A bit different to the normal paranormal stuff readers usually see on my blog, but hey, I still love wedding talk too!

Brides-to-be, this one’s for you! You can say your vows in a catwalk gown so beautiful it reduces your mum to tears (and not because she paid for it). You can style a reception so stunning your guests won’t believe you didn't hire an A-list planner. And you can sprinkle the day with personal touches that make everyone feel like you gave them special attention before they even got there. Without spending a house deposit on it. Honest. Samantha Birch has written for GLAMOUR, Brides, You &Your Wedding and Cosmopolitan Bride. She knows a thing or two about planning a wedding on a budget, how much you can expect to pay for everything and where to go to get it for less. And she’s put it all down here.

Tell us more about yourself, Sam.

Well, when I’m not busy being a total word-obsessive, I’m a big fan of a quiet night in with my hubby or a meal out with my friends. I love New Girl and The Big Bang Theory. My favorite films are When Harry Met Sally and Notting Hill, even though they should be Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile. I’m a nerd for computer games—my favorite is the old classic point-and-click Monkey Island, but I’ll also admit to loving Pok√©mon more than any 28-year-old woman should. I love to read, but I’m too choosy for my own good. My favorite writers are Terry Pratchett, Lewis Carroll, J.K. Rowling, Douglas Adams and Sharon Creech.

Your book is a non-fiction book about wedding planning. Tell us more about this. 

The High-Street Bride’s Guide is basically about how to plan a beautiful wedding on a tight budget—but I really wanted to make sure it was fun. There are so many boring wedding guides out there that are basically a collection of deadlines and bullet points, and then there are the ones that turn out to mostly be a memoir of the writer’s wedding. I wanted mine to be funny and honest and like having a laugh with your best friend, except that your best friend happens to know all the ways to save money on your big day and where to buy lovely things cheaply. So far people seem to be responding to that: brides tell me the book makes them feel more chilled as well as helping them save money—hooray!

What was your inspiration behind your book? 

I went with a budget wedding guide because me and my husband had to do our day on not much money, and I knew from working at the wedding magazines that I had ideas for how to do it that no-one was really talking about. I wanted to help other brides and grooms to have the big day they’re dreaming of without starting their married life in debt, or spending what could have been their house deposit on one day!

What is your idea of a perfect wedding?

Alright, here comes the corny bit: ours! We had 100 of our nearest and dearest for the ceremony and reception, and the day had a retro movies-meet-words theme, because my husband is a filmmaker and I’m a writer. It was a beautiful day, but the big things for us were the atmosphere, which was relaxed and fun, and the food, which was just perfect. We’re still getting compliments on both!

If you could offer a bride-to-be one important piece of advice, what would it be? 

You’ve got this. So many brides feel so much pressure to act a certain way and have their wedding a certain way, but your day is about you and your husband making your vows in front of people who already love you—be yourselves!

Where do you write?

In the spare room of our little two-bedroom flat. We have a couple of desks shoved up against the spare bed and I write at the one closest to the door—my little corner of solitude!

What is your writing routine?

I wish I had one! I’m still developing it. But I generally tend to get up, handle all the admin stuff like catching up on emails and social media and setting up tweets for the rest of the day, then I get onto the writing. Sometimes it won’t come—muses are fickle, I find!—so I’ll have to take a break. I’ll Google inspiring pictures or videos, and if that doesn't work I’ll decide it’s time to step away and do something that keeps me busy while freeing up my mind to solve the problem: probably a chore like washing the pots, or playing a quick round of an online game like Hearthstone.

Quick Q & A! 

TV series or movies?  Both! Sorry, can’t choose. I love When Harry Met Sally as much as New Girl and The Big Bang Theory!

Coffee or tea?  Tea. Decaf Earl Grey. I had to give up caffeine because it was making me a-a-anxious!

Sweets or savories?  Sweets. With the exception of cheese. Don’t get between me and a block of Cathedral City.

Sea or mountains?   Sea. I love the idea of mountains, but hiking’s not really my thing!

Dogs or cats?  Cats. We had five at one point growing up, and I really want a kitten but I couldn’t shut him/her up in the flat. Dachshunds are the only exception to this rule—I can’t see one and not smile!

Cocktails or wine?  Cocktails.

Wild night out or quiet night in?  Quiet night in.

Big wedding or elope?  Wedding with 100 people in the town where you live!

Beach holiday or snow holiday?   Snow holiday. We’re hoping to go to Iceland for our delayed honeymoon this year—we want to see the Northern lights and go whale-watching!

Author Bio 

So far I’m the author of one book: The High-Street Bride’s Guide. I've written about dresses, bridesmaids and cake toppers for Brides and You &Your Wedding, and regularly contribute to the likes of GLAMOUR and Love Baking – often while eating cake in my pajamas. I live with my husband in a chaotically untidy flat in Letchworth, which I pretend is an artfully unkempt writer’s loft in St. Albans.

For any wedding questions or more about Samantha:

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Buy your copy of The High Street Bride's Guide here!

Thanks for the visit, Sam!

Rae Rivers







Sunday, May 18, 2014

Look What I'm Reading!


My husband and I have spent a glorious weekend away (without our kiddies!) and between cocktails, sushi, dinner with friends, and enjoying the warm winter beauty of Cape Town, I spent many hours in the hotel room reading the final proof copy of The Keepers: Declan!

I must admit, I adore seeing my books at this stage ... we've completed the plotting, writing and editing and the final copy looks so neat and tidy.  Who would ever have thought a few weeks ago it resembled something similar to a Christmas tree during edits?  (But ssh, no one needs to know that!)

The cover looks fantastic and I still get giddy with excitement when I see MY name on it.  Wow.  What a fantasic journey this has been.

So, my lovely readers, tomorrow I will be sending this back to my editor with a lovely thank you note and nod of approval.  From there, Declan is sent to the production team and will be available to you at all eBook retailers from 12 June 2014.

And hopefully, you'll love Declan's story as much as I loved writing it.  He and Kate have been so much fun to create and I so enjoyed being with the brothers again.  Thankfully, we're not saying goodbye to either of them just yet and will see much more of them in Ethan's story.

Oh, and please remember, if you're a Keepers fan like me, you can keep up to date with all my news by submitting your email on the left hand bar of my blog (kept completely confidential!) or follow me on Facebook.

I can't wait to share with you!

Thanks for reading,
Rae Rivers

Friday, May 9, 2014

Declan News!

I'm afraid my lovely readers, the wait for The Keepers: Declan will be a little longer than the initial date I announced. After all my excitement at 29 May, my publishers have decided to move our publication date back by two weeks - so it's now 12 June 2014!

I know ... so sorry to delay the suspense but there were a few promotions we wanted to make the most of - and the later date made more sense.

I'm thrilled to share that the edits are done and the book has shaped up really well.  I can always see when I've been on a writing or editing deadline.  I'm sleep-deprived, my house is a disaster, the grocery cupboards are empty, my inbox is so huge that it's grown scary teeth, my to-do list is bigger than me, I have tons of reader messages to respond to, I'm long overdue for a manicure and my family and friends are surprised to see me step out of my office!

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind of constant reading, editing, writing and brainstorming chats with my fantastic editor, Emily - who sprinkled a fabulous dusting of red marker magic all over my manuscript! (Thanks, Emily!)

BUT ... we've had so much fun!

And the result?

There are a lot of twists and turns in the book and we have a gorgeous Keeper (and his two equally gorgeous brothers!) itching to hit your eReaders soon!

I'm so thrilled with the way my book has turned out and I feel confident it'll be worth the wait! 

Can't wait to share!

Rae Rivers



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 ...

Dynamic!

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!

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

Blurb

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.

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Excerpt:

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.
Alpha.
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.




J.C.is 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