I’m an avid reader and writer with a passion for writing romance novels. I live in Cape Town, South Africa, with my gorgeous husband, two beautiful children and a zoo of house pets. Besides writing, I love family time, the outdoors, travelling, watching TV series, reading and chocolate.
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Jen: Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
Rae: We’ve recently released the next book in my Keepers series, The Keepers: Declan which follows on from the first two books in the series – The Keepers: Sienna (FREE prequel) and The Keepers: Archer (book 1).
The series consists of three handsome warrior brothers, the Keepers, who protect a powerful witch, Sienna. I initially came up with the idea for Sienna but soon realized that with her power and responsibilities comes a lot danger so the idea of a Keeper was born. In her case, she has three and they are fiercely protective of her. Three hot brothers (each with their own heroine), beautiful romance, and four adventurous stories!
“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.
Here’s a short excerpt:
“You have two options, Catwoman.” Declan turned his eyes back to her. Although it was dark, she knew their colour. She’d never been able to shrug off the memory of those expressive blue eyes that sparked with intensity and mischief.
“And I’m busting at the seams to hear them.”
“Option one is where you surrender and explain why you’re here.”
“Not appealing. And two?”
Declan waved a hand at the door. “Or you can run.”
Kate narrowed her eyes. Not quite what she’d been expecting to hear. Although his tone was easy, he dripped with challenge.
But she couldn’t leave without the daggers.
“And you’ll be after me in a flash,” she said.
“Take it or leave it.”
Apparently, his love of mischief still thrived, the trait that had drawn her to him before – along with the fact that she’d marked him from the start. They’d met in a New Orleans bar, where they’d shared flirty comments and copious shots of whiskey. Then, she’d had the upper hand. She’d had a plan – which might have taken a detour thanks to the alcohol and his charm – but she’d retrieved what she’d needed and run. This was entirely different.
“We both know you won’t let me leave, so why the facade?” she asked.
“Call it curiosity. I’m impressed. And tonight I’m in need of a distraction.” A slow smile softened his features. “Besides, I like a good chase like the rest of them.”
“So what is this then, cat and mouse?”
“Call it what you like. It could be fun.”
“Sure, if you’re the cat.”
“Lucky for me that I’m no mouse.”
Jen: White chocolate, dark chocolate or milk chocolate?
Rae: Chocolate. Chocolate! Any chocolate!
Jen: What is the most difficult part about bringing a paranormal story like The Keepers to life?
Rae: The setting is contemporary – a group of supernatural people living amongst ordinary humans in our modern world. It’s been a challenge to make this world feel real despite its supernatural aspect. Also, the series consists of a strong cast of characters with unique personalities woven throughout. This involved a lot of consideration as they all needed to be individual and “real” enough so that readers can connect with each one. The magic system is also very unique and required a lot of thought!
Jen: Book vs. movie?
Rae: It depends on the story. Certain stories are best read, others best viewed. If it’s brilliant, I like to do both!
Jen: What is on your TBR list?
Rae: I adore reading but with two small children and tight book deadlines for this series, my reading pile has grown taller than me! I enjoy anything with action, suspense, mystery – especially if there’s romance woven into the plot!
Jen: Best part about being a published author?
Rae: Knowing that I have eager readers waiting for more stories! And I get to meet new characters, visit new places and be on a constant adventure – all from the comfort of my home office! LOVE it.
Jen: Favorite place to write?
Rae: Anywhere that’s not too distracting. I work a lot from my home office but as I have young kiddies, I tend to also write a lot around them so I’m often found writing on the couch, in the garden or a coffee shop.
Jen: If you had a chance to put your spin on someone else’s story, what would you pick?
Rae: Julie Plec’s The Vampire Diaries. I love the story behind this TV series but I personally feel it needs more hot romance!
Jen: Favorite way to spend a weekend?
Rae: I enjoy socializing with friends and family as much as I enjoy quiet time so as long as there’s a balance of both, I’m happy. Laughter, good food, good wines, and chocolate are always great with either of the above!
Jen: Place you would like to spend a week.
Rae: New York.
Jen: What’s your favorite part of the writing process?
Rae: The many light bulb moments I get whilst writing. I also love it once my edits are done and my book looks neat and shiny and ready for the world!
Jen: What’s next for you?
Rae: My readers are eagerly awaiting the last book in the series, The Keepers: Ethan and I’m so excited to share this with them so at the moment, I’m writing up a storm!