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