Monday, December 21, 2015

The Keepers: Ethan has a release date!

Since my last update about The Keepers: Ethan, my editors and I have been working quietly behind the scenes preparing the book for publication.  

I love this process as it involves dozens of chats with my editors about the book, the blurb, release dates, marketing plans etc.  It's such a fun time and rewarding too as the book is written.  Done and dusted.  Now it's just polishing it so that it's shiny and perfect so that I can share it with my eager readers.  So exciting! 

The great news is that we finally have a release date and a blurb!

The Keepers: Ethan

"Going to Ameera to find Hazel. Stealing the spell … You think you can pull it off?" he asked.
She nodded, not trusting herself to speak.
Just as she thought he'd kiss her, he reached for her jacket and said, "Then let's go."

A portal to another world has opened, unleashing dangerous creatures on earth. A dark witch is out for revenge. The stakes are high, a war inevitable.

One person can stop the madness. Jenna. She’s a Keeper to a powerful hybrid witch but she harbours a secret and if Jenna steps through the portal – seduced by the whispers of her hidden past – she may never return.

Fortunately, she has company… infamous Bennett brother and fiercely protective Keeper, Ethan. Their whip-cracking banter makes them perfect sparring partners in training, but how will they manage when their lives and everything they were born to defend are on the line?

When the battle lines are drawn, will Jenna and Ethan stand side by side – as friends, protectors, lovers … or as traitors?

So when will The Keepers: Ethan be available?

If you're a fan of my gorgeous Keepers, please look out for Ethan's story on the 24th March 2016, available at all online retailers!  I'll be posting links soon.

I am so excited to share his story - and the final book in my Keepers series - with you all.  Thank you for your patience, support and messages.

And for sharing my excitement with me.  You guys are so awesome!

Rae Rivers

Friday, December 18, 2015

My Top 5 Writing Tools

I'm often asked about my favorite writing tools for when I'm plotting or planning a scene in one of my books.  I have several must-haves I use but here are my top five:

1.  Scrivener

This is a writing programme specifically geared at writers and has some really cool features.  I only started using Scrivener about a year ago when I started writing The Keepers: Ethan.  By that stage, I'd gathered a lot of background information from the previous books in the series, many characters, and a ton of notes.  I needed to find a better way to organize my thoughts and writing.  I stumbled onto Scrivener by chance, downloaded their free trial and started playing around until I'd figured it out.  Since then, I'm totally hooked and can't imagine using anything else.  Love it.

2.  Notepads and colourful pens

I love a variety of notepads and pens and even though I try to keep all my information on Scrivener, I still can't resist working out a plot point the old fashion way.  Recently, after completing and submitting The Keepers: Ethan to my editors, I spent some time tidying my desk and clearing away my notes.  There were A LOT of them.  (And it was pretty cool to page through them knowing I've finally finished the series.  Wow.)

3. Google

An obvious choice but a firm favorite.  Want to know how the inside of a coffin looks?  Want to know what a specific pub looks like in Vancouver?  Need to find a nice hairstyle for a heroine?  Yip, I turn to Google.  It's an invaluable source of information that I'm permanently tapping into before, during and after my writing process.

4.  Pinterest

This is a huge source of inspiration for me.  I prefer to write with a clear visual image in my mind as it helps me to describe the object/setting better.  I constantly tap into the images on Pinterest, gathering inspiration for settings, characters, clothing, scenes etc.  I also love this platform for writing tips (I'm always scouring for information to improve my craft), quotes, and general inspiration.

5.  Music (with earphones)

I have several playlists that I listen to when I plot or write various scenes or characters.  There are times when music is too distracting, usually when I'm struggling with a scene, so I'll write in silence and enjoy those moments too. But mostly, I love the music and find such a lot of inspiration from it. 

So there you have it, my favorite writing tools.  I usually have all of the above open and ready when I settle down to map out a scene.  There are others too (coffee and a bottle of water for one :) but these are my absolute must haves. 
Once I'm inspired and have a clear vision of where I'm going with a scene or a character, I do what I love best - write!

What are your favorite tools?

Thanks for reading,
Rae Rivers