Anniversary Interview & Contest: Rae Rivers

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Author PhotWelcome to day one of Paranormal Romance week during our Anniversary Celebration.  Today we are pleased to host Rae Rivers as she tells us about her series, The Keepers.

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!

Series coversJen: 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!

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43 thoughts on “Anniversary Interview & Contest: Rae Rivers

  1. Kathy says:

    Loved reading more about you, Rae! All the best with writing Ethan. I can’t wait to read Declan! Archer was superb!

  2. Kathy says:

    Forgot to answer your question. I like a variety of heroes. In fact, I don’t want them to be all the same in each book I read but I do tend to like the wounded, bad boy externally but good boy inside type best.

  3. Oh, I adore this series and it is so nice to read more about the person behind the stories. My typical hero is a strong alpha male, preferably a bad boy trying his best to hide his heart of gold.

    • Thanks for the lovely comment, Yolande. I’m so pleased you’re enjoying the series. Strong alpha, bad boy male … sounds like my kind of guy too! 😉

  4. You had me at ‘left naked in a New Orleans hotel’. Maybe because I’m currently re-watching the first season of True Blood (and loving it!). I also thoroughly enjoyed Rae’s first book in the series, ‘Archer’.

    • Ooh, True Blood! I’ve been meaning to start that for ages! Glad to know you’re enjoying it. Thanks for stopping by and for the lovely comment.

  5. Hi Rae!

    Great interview!

    The Keepers are my most anticipated series yet and every time I hear something awesome about them I get goosebumps! But I want to read them all in one go – I’m so greedy like that 🙂 So now just waiting for Ethan to arrive 🙂

    Bad boys all the way…or good boys who know how to be bad 😉

  6. Tracey Rogers says:

    Great post! As you know Rae, I love The Keepers and I can’t wait to get my hands on Ethan 🙂

  7. Of the three choices, I have to go with the strong silent type as my favorite.
    Thanks for an awesome interview and contest and good luck with your books1

  8. Lori Ha says:

    I also have a very large TBR pile because I have a little ones. However, I will be adding it because eventually I will be able to read more and this book sounds awesome.

    • Apparently, it gets easier but I’m still waiting! 🙂 Until then, I keep adding to my reading pile too. Slowly working my way through it whilst writing. Thanks for the comment, enjoy your little ones!

  9. Rebecca S says:

    The strong, silent type is my favorite hero in books – although in real life, I prefer and married a man more like Archer! And I’m so impressed you can write AND keep a tbr pile with two little kids in the house! How do manage the writing part with small children around??

    • I adore Archer, great choice! 😉 As for the juggling act, I try and find gaps wherever I can – and I don’t sleep much! Thankfully, I also have a gorgeous husband who knows when I need some time out. Thanks for stopping by and for the lovely comment.

  10. Jess1 says:

    My pick of the three choices would be the calm, level-headed, broody type. The first line of your excerpt is a great line to start off and it really grabbed my attention.

  11. Amy Wilson says:

    I like the fact that as an author you put a lot of effort in creating characters that readers can connect to. Being able to pull off a paranormal storyline requires a lot of skill and I appreciate all of your hard work in The Keepers. Thanks for visiting with us.

  12. Ooh I love the strong, silent, mysterious type! The sexy, reckless bad boys are fun, but when it comes down to a swoon-worthy romance hero, they’ve got to be intriguing and make me want to beg for more! Thanks for a fabulous interview!

    • Awesome answer, Mary. Love that! It explains why I find all three Keepers so swoon-worthy despite their different personalities. I care! Thanks for sharing.

  13. Hi Rae, I thoroughly enjoyed the post. It’s nice “getting to know you”. We seem to have similar tastes and outlooks on life. I’m looking forward to meeting you in person through ROSA, one of these days. I’m off in search of the series since it seems I’m somewhat behind the rest of the group … LOL! Warm regards, A
    (ps. I’ve shared the post via Facebook and Twitter)

    • Hi Angele’. Thanks for stopping by and for your fab comment. I’m thrilled to hear you’ll be attending the ROSA conference too! Can’t wait to meet you – we can share some of those similar outlooks to life! 😉 Hope you enjoy the series. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Irene Jackson says:

    I have a definite weakness for the strong and silent type hero! Enjoyed reading the interview, the book series looks really good.

  15. Heather Byrd says:

    Although the strong, silent type is very attractive in a mysterious way, I love characters that voice their opinions no matter whom it might upset. Declan may be the best fit for me. I can’t wait to read the book and find out! Thank you for your time Rae!

    • Declan will most certainly be your man then! 😉 Totally unpredictable and always the one to rock the boat. Love him, he was such fun to write. Thanks for the lovely comment!

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