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 ...


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!

Amazon US
Amazon UK

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.