Welcome to Dr. Heather’s page

Welcome to my website where I share my thoughts and written work, as well as any live events or retreats. Please take a look around. I write fiction and non-fiction. I enjoy writing paranormal/past life for adults and fantasy/adventure for children. For more information on my young readers work please see the “Prism Walkers Club” tab.

Thank you!

Works by Dr. Heather Rivera:

Quiet Water– Golden Raven Series-Book One 
Custom Book Cover Heather Rivera Quiet Water New Ebook

“The past lies veiled beneath the surface of our lives.”

Gripping dreams of a lost love compel Tess Whitaker to walk away from a stable marriage and her teenage son. As she struggles to piece together a new life in a new town, haunting visions of a past life thrust her into a quest to find her elusive lover. Spinning out of control, Tess wonders, “Have I really gone off the deep end? Will I ever find “the one?”

Read Press Release here.

Peek at the first chapter QW 1st chap for website

An Amazon Best Seller

Quiet Water is available in paperback from Amazon.com.  And Barnes&Noble.com.

Also available in Kindle e-book format and audiobook format too.  Narrated by the talented voice-over custom book cover Heather Rivera Audio Bookactor, Lucy Rivers.  Available at audible.com , iTunes and Amazon.com.





Maiden Flight – Golden Raven Series-Book Two MF with series


“Perfection is not what you imagine it to be.”

Tess Whitaker believes she has finally found her idyllic life. After all her struggles she can now relax with Adam by her side….or can she? The powerful gifts she has denied for lifetimes refuse to be stifled, and before long her comfortable existence begins to unravel around her.

Meanwhile, Naomi, Tess’ best friend, encounters a mysterious and troubling man who sets her on a horrifying journey. Fearing for her safety, Naomi reaches out to Tess.

Tess, determined to keep her other-worldly life isolated from her life with Adam, commits to help Naomi, but fearing all the while that too much will be revealed. Would Adam run the other way if he knew her secrets? Or will her evasiveness drive him away?

In the compelling sequel* to Quiet Water, Tess must struggle to maintain her life’s delicate balance while guiding her best friend, cultivating her latent gifts, and preserving her relationship with Adam. If she can pull it off, she may find the perfection she’s been seeking. If she cannot, she may lose everything.

An Amazon Best Seller

Maiden Flight is  available at amazon.com  and B&N.com


Ultreia- Golden Raven Series-Book ThreeCustom Book Ultreia paperback Official

“We can search the world two times over and never find it.”

In this third and last installment of the Golden Raven series, Tess and Naomi open their Past Life Travel Agency. Their first client is plagued by messages and images in her sleep. Tess sees these same ancient images in her visions. Without time to adjust to running a new business, Tess must decipher these images, unravel a mysterious prophecy, and travel to ancient lands of past lives. As if this wasn’t enough to manage, she’s required to clear past karma with her son, Wade. Although Adam has embraced Tess’s metaphysical world and stands by her side, can their relationship withstand more upheaval? Will she fulfill the final mission given to her by the “One Beyond the World?”

Available at Amazon.com


Healing the Present from the Past: The Personal Journey of a Past Life Researcherbook cover3

“It is important to document the validity of past life regression therapy. Heather Rivera’s research has made an important contribution to this field, and I applaud her work.”-Brian L. Weiss, M.D., author of Many Lives, Many Masters

Dr. Heather Friedman Rivera’s abrupt healing following a past life regression began a quest of personal discovery and scientific investigation into past lives. Her experience, as well as reports from over 200 respondents from around the world, validate the spiritual, psychological, and physical healings that can result. She reveals her personal journey and the scientific findings from her past life study.

Her research is now:
* quantifying the type and degree of healing effects from past life experiences
* uncovering the factors that drive and influence these effects
* opening the door for more research in this important healing modality
* helping bridge gaps between Western medicine and complementary care

An Amazon Bestseller

2012 Balboa Press

Prism Walker books for young readers ages 8-12. Written by Heather Rivera, PhD and Illustrated by Martin Kaspar

Into Exlatia – Prism Walker – Book One Custom Book Cover Heather Rivera Exaltia Ebook

“Be wary of the biting rocks.” Sir Henry

When twelve year old Sara and her younger sister, ten year old Molly, were dropped off at their grandma’s house to spend spring vacation, they expected certain things would happen. They expected to eat grandma’s delicious cooking, to make up imaginary games to pass the time, and sometimes to be bored. But they never could have imagined what did happen! A magical portal opened, a prism showed them the way to another world, and the girls were thrown into the adventure of a lifetime. The girls are joined by a boy from their world and befriended by Thorn and Sael, two tree elves in Exaltia, to face many dangers in answer to an urgent cry for help. Who else will save the gnomes if not the Prism Walkers? Will they be able to complete their mission and will they find their way home again?


In Search of Emerald Bay – Prism Walker – Book TwoCustom Book Cover Heather Rivera Emerald Bay Ebook


It’s been months since Sara, Molly, and Leo had their adventure in Exaltia. At times they wonder if they made it up. Shortly after arriving at Grandma’s house for the weekend, a message from Exaltia arrives and the three Prism Walkers, once again, enter the portal to the magical world. Expecting to step into a thriving world, they discover, however, that the land is dying. The affliction spreads quickly, affecting every creature—even their elven friends, Thorn and Sael. The adventurers face many obstacles, rare creatures, and dangers as they race across Winterland. Will the Prism Walkers find the elusive Emerald Bay in order to save Exaltia before time runs out?


Check out my Author page on Amazon.



**The Write Time – One Day Writing Retreat from May 3, 2014 was a huge success. Check out the pics on the The Write Time page.  Please stay tuned for future events and writing retreats.

Quiet Water Book trailer:




About the Author:


Heather S. Friedman Rivera, R.N., J.D., Ph.D. lives in Huntington Beach, California with her husband, Mark. Her best friends consist of Kala (a Puggle), Kiki (a neurotic Chihuahua), and Danzy (a black cat who believes he helps her write). When not writing, Heather works in the institute that she founded with Mark and speaks on past life research. Dr. Rivera provides consultations on non-fiction book proposals and fiction writing through Muse & Ink.

Heather is the author of Healing the Present from the Past, Quiet Water and Maiden Flight (Amazon Best Sellers) and Ultreia She also writes fantasy/adventure for young readers, Into Exaltia and In Search of Emerald Bay. Her story is in Dr. Brian Weiss’ book Miracles Happen (Page 56) and she is a contributing author Your Soaring Phoenix, The Yes Book, and Destination Unknown.

www.plrinstitute.org www.heatherrivera.com 

Contact Heather at honulife@me.com  or DrHeatherRivera@gmail.com

Contact Information for Interviews
Heather Rivera, Author
16458 Bolsa Chica St. #230
Huntington Beach, CA 92649
Contact: (657) 845-4930 honulife(at)me(dot)com http://www.heatherrivera.com

Announcement: Dr. Heather Rivera and Dr. Marjorie Miles are collaborating on a series of writing workshops, retreats, mentoring and other services focused on the writer. Our collaboration is called Muse & Ink. 




  • Tuesday, October 21, 2014 7-9 p.m.  Lit Up! A Conversation with Orange County Writers and Readers. Free Event Kean Coffee 13681 Newport Ave #14, Tustin CA. I’m joining two other authors and will read a section of “Quiet Water.” Book signing following the reading.
  • Saturday, November 1, 204 1-5 p.m. Festival of Writers and Books – Free to public. Authors and writers sharing their words.  Book signing/ networking. Slots available for writers- Contact drheatherrivera@gmail.com for more info.A collaboration of Muse & Ink Productions and Frances Pullin at the School of Multidimensional Healing Arts and Sciences. (949) 752-5272
    18271 McDurmott West Suite H Irvine, CA 92614 near Red Hill and Main St
  • Monday, November 17, 2014 at IACH 7:00 p.m.National University 3390 Harbor Blvd,Costa Mesa, CA 92626 Room 139-  Healing through FictionJoin Dr. Heather Rivera for a creative writing workshop. She will use imagery and visualization to help you tap into your creative muse and discover the healing power of writing fiction. Author, Heather Rivera, found healing while writing her first novel and has been sharing the power of writing in workshops. Find your voice and let the words flow.
  • Saturday, September 19, 2015 3rd Annual PLR Retreat/Conference. www.plrinstitute.org
  • Sunday, October 4, 2015 Orange County Children’s Book Festival. I will be at the GLAWS booth with Into Exaltia and In Search of Emerald Bay. http://kidsbookfestival.com/
  • Saturday, December 12, 2015 –PLR Group Regression and Discussion – Science and Healing- 10 :00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.  at Geeks for Humanity, Oceanside, CA. Love Donation.  (Heather Rivera, Mark Rivera)
  • Wednesday, January 27, 2016 Writing Non-Fiction Workshop. 7:00-8:30 p.m.  –  Do you desire to write a non-fiction book? Not sure how to proceed? Dr. Heather Rivera discusses tips and tricks from idea to book-in-hand and beyond.  School of Multidimensional Healing Arts and Sciences.  (949) 752-5272 18271 McDurmott West Suite H Irvine, CA 92614 near Red Hill and Main St. $25.00 or pre-register for both the Non-Fiction and Fiction workshop for only $40.
  • Wednesday, February 3, 2016 Writing Fiction Workshop. 7:00-8:30 p.m.  –  Do you desire to write a fiction book? Not sure how to proceed? Dr. Heather Rivera discusses tips and tricks from idea to book-in-hand and beyond.  School of Multidimensional Healing Arts and Sciences.  (949) 752-5272 18271 McDurmott West Suite H Irvine, CA 92614 near Red Hill and Main St. $25.00 or pre-register for both the Non-Fiction and Fiction workshop for only $40.
  • Saturday, February 13, 2016 – Healing through Creative Writing workshop. 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.  Join Dr. Heather Rivera for a 1 ½ hour creative writing workshop. She will use imagery and visualization to help you tap into your creative muse and discover the healing power of writing fiction. Author, Heather Rivera, found healing while writing her first novel and has been sharing the power of writing in workshops. Find your voice and let the words flow. Sacred Seasons Center 2611 N. Linwood Ave. Santa Ana, CA 92705 (714) 501-0653 http://www.sacredseasonscenter.comLove Donation Suggested

(For additional events regarding Dr. Heather’s past life work please go tohttp://www.plrinstitute.org/events/



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What others are saying about Quiet Water:


*”-My Praise-

Quiet Water not quiet

Expect the unexpected

Past life present fate”


*””Quiet Water” is a unique story. The voice is very specific and not typical. It is a true voice and I enjoyed very much learning about Tess’ world through her observations. Through internal dialogue, she narrates her life in a way that I think many people do at times. There are slow reveals to what is actually occurring, and the pace of the story varies, much like real life.

At first it seems as if Tess speaks to the reader directly. It is an effective way of creating an intimacy with the audience. You feel as if you are being confessed to, or have become privy to someone’s innermost fears and dreams. As you learn who she is actually speaking to and why, a sense of poignancy manifests. This is not a false sense of being manipulated, but rather a feeling of deep emotion. Love and pain and how they mingle are a major aspect of this story.

The book is written with a definitive purpose. There is an agenda, but I rarely felt like I was being preached to or lectured. I personally have more than a passing knowledge and experience with many of the concepts Tess explores. This does not detract from the simple observations she makes as a neophyte to the varied world of metaphysics. If the tale is occasionally told in a more obvious manner, it is to serve the concepts presented more completely to a broader audience.

This is not a typical story. There are surprises, good ones. It is a metaphysical tale. Author Heather Rivera has created a gentle vision of hope and affirmation. Very refreshing!”


*”I felt completely drawn into the story. Tess’s healing journey is powerful and beautiful. As a past-life regression therapist, I can relate her experiences to many real life clients. We truly can heal the past from the present. I am grateful to Heather Rivera for presenting these ideas and experiences in a way that a broad audience can connect to.
Bethany Miller, Psy.D.”


*”I loved reading “Quiet Water”, a story of believable human emotions and experiences. The author, Heather Rivera, has a unique talent for story telling that kept my interest from beginning to the uncanny surprise at the end. “Quiet Water” has enchanting elements of mysticism, past life recall, and hints of how the past influences the present. One particularly delicious love scene involving fresh pears has me thinking of pears in an entirely new way! I enjoyed reading the book so much, I hated for it to end, and I look forward to the next book in the series. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good story filled with poignant relationships and self discovery balanced by both humor and tragedy.”

*”Just loved this book, could not put down. I felt I was in Tess’s body. Very exciting story. Loved reading about the pears.
I feel I must have Pear’s around, always. Loved all the character’s. This book is a must read.”


*”Ever the clever writer with many a cliff hanging paragraph, this trickster will know when you have finished the book by the smile in your words as you write of the ending…very clever, Heather.

Heather Rivera, author of Healing the Present from the Past: The Personal Journey of a Past Life Researcher (non-fiction), has poured raw emotion and a passion for past life regression into a simple, no nonsense, life as it is, piece of fiction for pure enjoyment.

There is the underlying belief that past lives do reconnect. It is written subtly with just enough reference to whet your interest in the love story, but not so much that you feel you must believe the concept or put the book down if you don’t. I believe the concept of past life regression and enjoyed seeing it written about so artfully.

Playfulness between the characters keeps it light and void of unpleasant drama. Order your copy today and get lost with Tess as she seeks complete love. Find your escape through the world of Tess written by Heather for pure enjoyment.”


*”From the first paragraph, the reader’s curiosity is piqued by a very happy scene of two people in love and soon to be married. Then we are propelled to another era and a very, seemingly different person, one who, at first is not happy at all. Soon, we are aware of her relationships with her former husband, son, deceased brother and good friend, Naomi. We get to know Tess immediately. And, we like her, whether we have had similar experiences or not. She reveals to us her innermost feelings, thoughts, fears and reactions. There are glimpses of things that happened before her current life, which expand as the story unfolds. The relationship between the present life and her past one is fascinating and illustrates how knowing about the past can heal the present.
The writing is clear, readable, interesting and very enjoyable.
Heather Rivera is an experienced past-life therapist, who understands how past lives impact the curent one.
I highly recommend this book to those who are knowledgable about past lives and those who are not. There is much to learn and to enjoy from reading Quiet Water.”
Edith Fiore, Ph.D. (Retired clinical psychologist, past-life therapist, hypnoanalyst and author of You Have Been Here Before and other books)


*”I totally enjoyed the story! It’s well written and moves at a quick pace. The character of Tess develops nicely as the tale is told. You see Tess changing from the inside out as she begins to better understand the incredible journey she has been on. I loved the mysticism of it all.

As someone who has experienced many similar confusing past life events and thoughts I fully welcome this story. It is a wonderful vehicle for those who want to know more about Past Life Regression without getting all high-brow or preachy. There are thoughts expressed in this story that many of us have had in our real lives but don’t talk about! I can see this story as a wonderful book club read encouraging lively discussions!

Last but not least,I will never look at pears in quite the same way again!”


*”I just finished reading Quiet Water. I savored every moment–taking my time reading it–because I did not it to end. I can’t wait for the next book from author, Heather S.Rivera, who is a talented and riveting storyteller. Her character, Tess, takes the reader on an inner and outer odyssey of self-revelation,lost love, mysticism, romance, past life regression, and sensuality…and so much more. This multi-layered book is a page turner with many surprises and delights…and like other readers, I have found that pears have taken on a new, delightful meaning.”


*”Loved getting to know the characters in this lifetime and previously. Can’t wait to see what happens next…After all this is the Golden Raven Series..”

Here is a short piece written about Quiet Water on another website.

Featured April 9, 2014 on Sydney Avey’s “Writing California” Click here.

Listed on  the Sedona Journal of Emergence’s New and Notable 2014.04.new&notable_2

Peargasmic Crostata by Sharon Moore http://sharonarthurmoore.blogspot.com/2014/07/pear-crostata-recipe-for-writerly-friend.html

Please check back for updates.  Thank you so much for your support.

Visit Heather’s other website at www.plrinstitute.org regarding Healing the Present from the Past

Like Quiet Water Author Facebook page here! 

A few notes of appreciation:

Creative writing class- Dr. Marjorie Miles  at http://www.journeyofyourdreams.com/

Editing- Jill Weiss and Jeff Michaels at http://www.voicesinthesky.com/

Book cover designer- Laura Gordon at http://bookcovermachine.wordpress.com/

Website design- Kris Voelker at http://www.krisvoelkerdesigns.com/

Author photo- Brittney Kincannon at http://kincannonphotography.com/

Attribution -Page 240 Line 10 of Quiet Water, Wilson, Brian. Good Vibrations. Capitol Records, 1970. MP3

And to all those that encouraged and supported me on the journey- you have my love and gratitude.