Today, I have author Rie Anders in the interview chair. We’re talking about her latest release The Islander Series, a contemporary romance. Don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway.
1. What inspired you to write this book?
Rie: A goal. Prove to myself I could. Desire for creativity. Freedom from corporate bullshit that was slowly sucking the life out of me. Need to spend time with my daughter. Truth to self. The road less traveled.
2. What can we expect from you in the future?
Rie: I have another trilogy coming out next year. The first book, ‘Chrysalis’ will be out in April, with the second and third book being released in the Fall. I have a few book tours scheduled for summer of 2021 so make sure to check my web-site http://www.rieanders.com to see if I’m coming to a city near you.
3. Do you have any “side stories” about the characters?
Rie: I always do, and they end up in short stories. I have three short stories right now; Snug Harbor, Meadow Rising, and in the Spring of 2021, I’ll be releasing True Blue. One of my favorite characters from Pavey Boulevard is Amy, owner of Foolish Amy’s Pizza Garage. I’ve been drafting her story for a little over a year so (crossing fingers) hopefully she’ll have a chance to be seen in the next year or two.
4. What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
Rie: I loved creating Julie. The best part about her is that the snarky and sassy personality that she has, that can sometimes be perceived as armor, still shines through. I love the fact that the core of her personality is still funny, and no-nonsense. She still doesn’t care what other people think, but when given praise, she feels it deeply. She has come a long way from the girl in the booty shorts, sunning, and drinking on the resort deck, and I can’t wait for you to meet her in the Island Series Trilogy.
5. Who designed your book covers?
Rie: I’ve had a couple of different designers. For the first two island books, I made them myself using pictures from Lopez Island. A friend of mine is a photographer and she gave me permission to use her photos. I wanted to portray the island in a beautiful way. The Christmas novellas were designed between me and the designer that helps me with branding and promotional pictures. The last novel, ‘Hunter’s Moon’ was designed by the firm, Damonza, and I LOVE their work. I will be using them for my next trilogy.
6. If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Rie: Let’s talk about Hunters Moon since all of my main characters from the Island Trilogy are in that one. (And then, let’s pray really hard, and put it out in the universe to get all three optioned for production 😊)
- Nick: David Gandy
- Shaye: Olivia Johnson
- Jason: Scott Eastwood
- Evie: Lily Collins
- Ethan: Alex Pettyfer
- Riley: Chase Hoyt
- Dax: Richard Madden
- Julie: Bebe Rexha
Title: Pavey Boulevard
Series: Island Series Book 1
Author: Rie Anders
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Blurb: When Shaye dropped out of college mid-semester, and moved to Lopez Island for the summer, she’d hoped to figure out what she wanted to do with the rest of her life. Instead, she reconnects with childhood friends Jason and Nick, and good intentions spiral into harrowing confrontations. The summer ends in tragedy and Shaye flees the Island, haunted by her mistakes.
Eight years later, Shaye is forced to return to the place she’d hoped never to see again. Now, she must face the people, and the pain she left behind. She must confront the person she was, and decide who she will become. Can Shaye forgive herself enough to let the past go, and let love in?
“C’mon, let’s go back downstairs. I want to dance.” Evie grabbed my hand and dragged me down the steps and back into the bar. She signaled Jason for another round and we headed to the dance floor.
We danced and drank and danced some more. Later, when I reflect back on that night, I think I knew then that my world would change monumentally. All the events of my life had been so simple, so predictable. This summer had been a shift in my, and my parents, best laid plans, and I felt like I was going off-script.
I could see heads turning and heard, “Welcome home,” and, “How are you doing?” The air around me thickened, and the hair on the back of my neck stood on end. Somehow, I knew Nick had arrived, and my reaction to his presence was visceral. I hadn’t even seen him, and yet I knew something intense was about to happen.
When I finally turned and saw him for the first time, my chest constricted and I couldn’t get a breath. Something in me shifted, and it was almost as if it was pre-ordained that my life would never be the same. Even if I had known the outcome of that summer, I couldn’t say for certain I was mature enough to have made different decisions.
Staring at him, I tried to process my sudden, overwhelming emotions. Feeling like a weight just landed on me, I put my hand to my collar bone and took a deep breath. This was insane. He was beautiful. He looked like Jason, but taller, sexier and more masculine.
His faded jeans, gray T-shirt, and Eddie Bauer vest gave him that “Seattle look,” and he would have been clean shaven if it wasn’t almost midnight. I couldn’t look away from his face, with his short, blond-tipped hair and kissable mouth—I was simply mesmerized.
His face was perfectly symmetrical, with a straight nose and a mischievous grin. His teeth were perfectly straight and white, and I noticed a dimple in his cheek. Everything about him was calm and strong. He appeared confident, but not arrogant.
If I hadn’t already known he was studying law, I would have taken him for just another pretty, island summer boy. Guys were slapping him on the back, and the girls were working their way towards him, like moths to a flame. His eyes were sensuous and carnal, and he was looking at the girls as if they amused him. I could understand why they were hovering around him, waiting their turn for a hug and a greeting.
The sun had set, and the air had grown cold. There were about twenty boats moored in the bay, and their lights were twinkling off the water. Over the water, I could hear laughter and music coming from the boats.
I sat on a piece of driftwood, took off my shoes, and buried my toes in the sand. The waves lapped at the shore about fifteen feet in front of me, and I enjoyed the ambient sounds of the night. I sat quietly, staring at my toes in the sand for a few minutes, and listening to the water and the laughter floating across it.
Then I heard, “Can I join you?”
I didn’t need to look up to know Nick was standing behind me. His voice was soft and tentative.
I turned my head and said, “Of course.”
He had also put on a fleece jacket and a beanie cap, and looked entirely too huggable. He was wearing khaki pants and Keen sandals. He sat down next to me, took his sandals off, and buried his toes in the sand next to mine.
I put my hands on my knees and rested my chin on the backs of them. I looked at our feet and tilted my head a little so that I could see him. “It feels good doesn’t it? It’s so cold just a few inches down.”
The night and stars surrounded us, and the moment felt intimate. It felt like it was just the two of us here together, and I was resentful that I would eventually have to go back to the camp.
Reaching out, he put his right arm around me and pulled me to him. It felt strange to allow him to be so familiar, but it also felt right. I rested my cheek on his chest and closed my eyes. He felt so good and warm, and I wanted to stay there forever. It didn’t even occur to me that this was wrong.
“Jason seems to be having a good time.” He spoke, completely ruining the mood.
I sighed heavily and pulled out of his arms. I said, “Yeah, I guess so.” Our bubble had already deflated, so I continued, “Jackie does too.”
He laughed, and said, “Yeah, no, not so much now. She is going to be hurting tomorrow.”
We sat in silence for a few minutes, staring out at the bay. Each of us in our own thoughts, but our bodies close enough to touch.
“What’s your story, summer girl?” His voice was quiet, and the tone was lazy. It sounded to me like he would have leaned back, if he could have without falling off the log.
Shaye spoke first. “Hey, Ethan. You made it.” She was smiling at him.
Title: On Island
Series: Island Series Book 2
Author: Rie Anders
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Blurb: Growing up on Island the sister of Nick and Jason Reid was not easy when it came to dating. All the guys looked at her as a sister and the island’s darling daughter. Evie runs the bakery and when her brother hires Attorney, Ethan Archer, to run the Island office, she thinks he is going to be just another friend.
Ethan is a cowboy at heart and a gentleman. Not wanting to ruin his career and his friendship with his boss, he steers clear of a romantic attachment to Evie. But their friendship grows until one night they cross the line and change their friendship forever. As their relationship begins to grow the past comes back to haunt Ethan and could destroy another relationship for Evie.
“This book is so incredibly moving, and quite honestly, there are parts that are just laugh out loud, righteously hilarious. Evie Reid is kind, and good, and loving, and Ethan has to be the sexiest man alive. Not only is this a beautiful story of love and family, but holy smokes, Ethan and Evie are so sexy.” – Chelsey S.
“Can I please just move in next door to these people? In this second book, Anders builds on the relationships of all the characters from her first novel, and introduces us to some incredible new additions to the story. Her ability to weave them in, and make you fall in love with them, is extraordinary. Find a couple of hours to yourself, because you wont be able to put it down.” Lisa L.
I was lounging on a couch with my back to the front door, and Julie and Shaye were across from me. “I think Ethan owes us dinner for all of this work we did today,” I announced as I dangled a diet Coke from my hand. I had one leg thrown over the arm of the couch.
“I’m sure he wouldn’t be opposed to that,” Shaye said. “I could go for a burger from the pub.”
“UGH! A burger after a pizza lunch? Gross!” Julie protested. “I need a salad. Maybe we can get him to take us to the Bay Café.”
I had closed my eyes, and spoke without opening them. “I don’t feel like getting cleaned up to go to dinner. I’m with Shaye.”
“Maybe Ethan likes a dirty girl,” Julie said archly.
“Oh, please, Julie, if I remember correctly, you didn’t even give him a second look.” I opened my eyes and saw the glint in hers.
“I wasn’t talking about me.”
“He works for my brother, Julie. It would be inappropriate. From what I remember, he was a very nice guy.” I had more heat in my voice than I intended, and Julie, sensing weakness, continued goading me.
“And from what I remember, he was a hunky, yummy man. You should totally try and climb that.”
Julie was starting to piss me off; I was tired of her innuendoes.
Doing my best to shock her, I said, “Oh, yes, I should totally climb that. I might sneak over one night and seduce him. Maybe I’ll put on a tiny black lace thong and a push-up bra, climb in bed with him, and whisper, ‘Ethan, you big hunk of a love-man, I’m gonna ride you like a quarter horse, and fuck you ‘til you can’t see straight.’ Then I’ll wait until he nods off, and do it all over again. Is that what you would do, Julie? Is that how it’s done?”
Both Shaye and Julie sat speechless on the couch in front of me.
“You could start with that, but at least let me take you to dinner first,” Ethan said.
I jumped up off the couch and almost spilled my soda all over me. Shaye and Julie both snickered behind me.
Shaye spoke first. “Hey, Ethan. You made it.” She was smiling at him.
Title: Hunters Moon
Series: Island Series Book 3
Author: Rie Anders
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Blurb: From a young age, Julie Hunter had her whole life planned. She would inherit her parents’ vineyard and live happily ever with her childhood sweetheart, her first and forever love. When he dies, however, her dreams die with him. She retreats within herself, burying her wounds under a facade of hedonism and debauchery.
Over the years, her friends have come to accept her sometimes crass behavior. But as Julie matures, she tires of the act. When she inherits the vineyard, she decides to chase her dreams on her own and develop the property into a world class resort.
Enter Dax Bentley, a prominent Seattle investor. She finds herself drawn to his sleek, polished demeanor. But her construction manager, Riley Johnson, challenges her motives. He forces her to examine her feelings, and her true self.
Julie, Riley, and Dax find themselves grappling with a history of lost loves and past resentments. With the future of her resort at stake, Julie must learn that sometimes you have to let go of that which is most precious to get what your heart desires.
I missed Riley. I shouldn’t, but I did. His quirky tooth that was so sexy when he grinned sideways, his too-long hair that he hadn’t cut since Evie’s wedding, his seriously sexy long legs that I loved to watch when the fabric of his jeans would stretch over his thighs.
Scrolling through my contacts, I texted him, I miss you
I covered my mouth, shocked I’d actually sent it.
I watched as the phone indicated he’d read the text, and then the dots started bouncing. I think you have the wrong person
My smile dropped and I quickly went back through all the texts between us. The shit-head. It was him.
My apologies, I was fantasizing about a hot construction worker…must have typed the wrong number.
You’re a brat
I texted back a bunch of laughing emojis.
He responded I thought the text was for Dax
My heart felt like it had been stabbed. I hated that Dax was coming between us, even as friends. It was hard not to imagine that Riley had left because of him.
Still, I couldn’t help but tease him. Me and Gary had a nice night tonight. I put him to work. He really knows how to swing a hammer.
Poor Gary…I hope his wife doesn’t mind the boot marks from you walking all over him.
I giggled as I typed. I found this stimulating sex site on the internet…it gave me some interesting ideas
He didn’t respond for a few minutes. I was just starting to think I might have gone too far when he responded. Maybe you should send the link to Dax; he looks like he has a lot to learn
His response made me laugh out loud. I think I might.
I was just getting ready to put my phone down when his text came through What are you wearing?
So bold! I could hear his voice in my head Wouldn’t you like to know?
My phone rang, startling me. He was face-timing me.
I rolled to my side and answered, “Why are you calling me?”
“I wanted to know what you were wearing.” He said huskily, laughing at the same time.
The image behind him was dark. I saw light reflecting on water, and the wind blowing his hair around.
“Where are you?”
“I’m down on the waterfront. Out with some friends.”
“Why did you leave this week?”
I watched as he looked over the top of the phone and mouthed “Two minutes.” Then he turned his attention back to me. “Did you miss me?”
“I missed someone managing my project, instead of being a pussy and running off, all butt-hurt, at a small argument.”
He laughed boldly. “Language, Juliette.”
“Are you thinking about me?”
This was so dangerous. “Yes.”
He continued when I didn’t say anymore. “I’m thinking about you too.”
We were both silent for a moment.
Then I whispered, “I really do miss you.”
His low chuckle wrapped around me like a blanket. “Goodnight, Juliette.”
In my half-asleep state, I whispered back. “Goodnight Riley.”
Rie grew up in the Pacific Northwest and spent her summers as a child in the San Juan Islands.
“Pavey Boulevard”, released in 2018, is the story of Shaye Richards & Nick Reid, and is the first in the Island Series. The second in the series, “On Island”, released in May, 2019, continues the saga with Evie Reid, the sister of Nick, and her love story with Ethan Archer.
Rie currently lives in Texas with her family and returns home to the Pacific Northwest as often as she can.
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