Island Series Book 1 by Rie Anders Genre: Contemporary Romance
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.
On Island Island Series Book 2
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.
Nick and Ethan were making their way to the wine bar that had been set up in the corner for the adults. Nick shook hands with everyone, and I watched as he introduced Ethan to more of the Islanders.
Taking my time to look at Ethan, I stared unabashedly at him for the first time and realized he was incredibly sexy. He didn’t look like a lawyer, and I wondered more about what his story was.
He was broad, and his thighs were thick, most likely requiring tailor-made pants. Where Nick moved with purpose, Ethan seemed to take his time, as if the world would wait for him to catch up. He made eye contact with everyone he met, and his grin was charming and warm. I felt myself melting a little.
“What are you looking at?”
“Shit! Shaye! Don’t sneak up on me like that.” My hand flew to my chest, and I whipped around to find her smiling at me, and dragging JT (with his bag of candy), along beside her.
“C’mon, I need a glass of wine.” She kept marching past me.
I followed behind her. “You shouldn’t be drinking.”
“Well then, you can drink for me.”
We approached Nick and Ethan at the outdoor bar, and Shaye went directly to Nick. Squaring my shoulders, I waited for Nick to make some snarky remark. When he didn’t, I relaxed a little, pulled myself up onto a barstool and crossed my legs. Provocative was not in my nature, but the dress gave me confidence. I felt bold. Ethan looked at me, and I smiled.
Turning to the bartender, I ordered a glass of white wine, and could practically feel Ethan’s eyes on my legs. I glanced back at him, and caught his eye as it was skimming back up from my chest to my face.
“How was your day, Ethan?” I said seductively, and put my left hand on my right knee, not even trying to cover myself, as I took a sip of my wine.
He stepped closer to me, looking dangerous. I felt my breath hitch, and I held it. He stood inches from me, watching my chest as I inhaled. A fleeting thought came to me that I was out of my league here—I hadn’t bargained on him playing my game.
He leaned in to me and said quietly, “It was a long, hard, rough day, Evie.”
Each of those words were said painfully slowly. I looked away from him and took a long slug of my drink. Feeling a sense of panic, I put my wine down and glanced around for someone to save me from the deep end I had just jumped into.
No one was around to help me with this conversation, so I took the fabric of my dress and covered my legs. I looked up into Ethan’s face and saw he was laughing at me.
“Nice dress, Evie. If you’re going to wear something like that, you need to be able to play the game.” I jerked my head back, and he turned back to the bartender. “Eric, I think Evie needs another glass of wine.”
“That was mean. You’re supposed to be the nice one. Leave the sarcasm to my brother.”
He looked at me softly. “You look beautiful Evie,” he paused, “and naughty.”
“Whatever.” I tried to sound as flippant as I could. I didn’t want him to know how much he’d affected me.
Hunters Moon Island Series Book 3
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 turned to run up the dock as best I could in my wedges, trying to catch Riley before he made it to us.
Fortunately, Shaye had already stepped up into the plane, so I avoided a scene in front of her. Riley had a backpack over his shoulder, and a scowl on his face.
“Riley, I am so sorry.”
He was pissed. “I know you had a really important breakfast with your investor this morning, but at least answer your fucking phone.”
“I felt bad because I was already late. I thought it would be rude to interrupt our conversation.”
Hitching his backpack higher up on his shoulder, he glared at me. He ran his eyes down my body, resting on my feet and my blue painted toes.
When he brought his eyes back to mine, he said, “It was rude to take my truck and leave me stranded.”
His voice had softened, and I felt my insides warm. “I…I didn’t know you were going anywhere.”
“I need to go to Friday Harbor. I was going to drive, but now I’ll take my boat. I’ll be back in a few days and I’ll fix your truck then. You can use mine.”
Turning away from me, he continued his trek down the dock to his boat. My heels made it difficult to keep up with his long stride, so I waited until we reached his boat to continue the conversation.
“When are you coming back?”
He stepped into a forty-foot fishing boat and answered, “In a few days. My sister needs me to help her with the customer. They changed the scope of the project but not the budget. I think they thought that since we left her in charge, they could bulldoze her and take advantage. I just need to give her some support.”
Riley’s boat was so beautiful I found myself stepping in after him. It swayed and I grabbed his arm for support.
He laughed. “Are you coming with me?”
“This boat is gorgeous. What is it?”
He paused, as if he was gauging my motives, and then he said, “It’s a Scout 420.”
I wandered along the sides of the deck, admiring the caramel, faux leather seats.
“Does it have a cabin?”
He tilted his head to an entry way. I stepped carefully down into a cozy galley, with a sleeping berth and small dining area.
Following me down, he ducked his head and scooted past me to toss his backpack on the bed. It was difficult to maneuver around him, and I regretted my decision to step in.
Riley took a seat at the tiny table, his legs stretched out in front of him, watching me with amusement, and I had to step around him to leave.
He reached out a hand to steady me, and I inhaled sharply at the feel of his palm on my leg.
“I…I should get going.”
His voice was husky when he spoke. “You could come with me if you want. The lumber won’t be delivered until later this week. Not much is going to happen on site.”
He hadn’t shaved and I briefly imagined him kissing my inner thighs, the soft hairs tickling me. His eyes sparkled with humor, as if he knew what he was doing to me.
Abruptly, I pushed his leg to the side. “I really need to get back. Thank you for letting me use your truck. I’ll make sure I put gas in it. And text me when you get back, I’ll come get you.”
I’d scrambled to the boat deck and then out onto the dock before he reappeared from the cabin.
He shouted after me, “Don’t crash it Juliette!”
I gave him my middle finger.
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.
Can you, for those who don't know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author? My first memory of wanting to be a writer was when I was eight years old. My parents had purchased a computer for me, and I set up a little “office”in the dining room where I could work. I proceeded to type out a short story about a rabbit and other forest creatures, convinced I was going to be the next Beatrix Potter. I was always very creative. I was involved in my high school theatre group and always journaled. A few years ago, I made a vision board with my daughter at the start of the new year. I made a mock-up of the cover for ‘Pavey Boulevard’ and put it on the board. Months went by and I hadn’t even started the outline. Then, in September, I received news that a dear friend of mine had died. It shook me and I thought, “This is it. The time is now. Not tomorrow, not next year, right now.” And the rest is now history…
What is something unique/quirky about you? My daughter said it’s that we say, and think, the same things at the same time. I think we are just completely in tune with each other.
Tell us something really interesting that's happened to you! Like the character, Shaye, in Pavey Boulevard, I too dropped out of college for a year. It was in April of my Sophomore year and I decided I was going to Alaska to work on a fishing boat. I spent a year in the middle of the Bering Sea off a small island in the Aleutian Chain. Will you hear some of the stories in a book? Yep.
What are some of your pet peeves? I try really, REALLY, hard not to eat too much sugar. But when I do, I want the ENTIRE (insert word here: candy bar, pint of ice cream, cake, brownie, donut, etc.) to myself. If you take a bite, I have to start over with a new one. That’s kind of sad, isn’t it? LOL!?
Where were you born/grew up at? I grew up in the Pacific Northwest, in a small city across the lake from Seattle. My summers were spent in the San Juan Islands and it is that backdrop that I found so appealing for the Island Series Trilogy.
What are you passionate about these days? Cross-fit, writing, and being a driver for my teenage daughter. My daughter is a freshman in high school, a figure skater, and on the dance team so I am always on one side of town or the other. My time with her is so short, and our “windshield conversations” are always so intimate and enlightening. Not to mention, filled with laughter.
What do you do to unwind and relax? I have such a hard time turning my brain off. But when I do, I completely disengage. I will watch TV. Binge it, really. I love to find a series and just watch it all day long. Sometimes, I will go to Lopez and hide away for a few days. I don’t sleep much because my brain is always going. My husband jokes that he can hear it.
How to find time to write as a parent? Two words: Time Management. I’ll go off the deep end here and tell you that I recently did a time study for a week and counted how I spent my time (I used to be in Finance so I think very analytically). The first thing I will share with you is that I have more time than I think I do. Secondly, I spend a lot of time in a car and I don’t like that very much. So, I use a recorder and carry a notebook with me to capture scenes or ideas. I also get up early, before anyone else, so I can walk the dog, drink my coffee and plan my day. I keep a journal and a calendar and I am very protective of my time.
Describe yourself in 5 words or less! Sporty, Kind, Ambitious, Creative, and Fun. And…Gregarious, Fun-loving, Driven and Outgoing. My husband added the last four. My daughter added Awesome, which is, quite frankly, awesome.
Do you have a favorite movie? I love ‘The Thomas Crown Affair’. I also love ‘Pride & Prejudice’ and more recently ‘The Spirit of Christmas’
Which of your novels can you imagine made into a movie? Hands down, Dear Santa, Define Good. I’ve always thought this would make a great Hallmark movie, but I’ve recently changed my mind. It belongs on NETFLIX. There are a few curse words, yummy kissing and on-page sex, and I’m not sure I’m willing to tone it down. It’s just too good. The location of DSDG is Jackson, Wyoming and as one reviewer writes, “Symbolism in the book is of an indoor, outdoor, flora, fauna type.” The main character, Mia Brooks, is sexy, and strong, and yet feminine, and has never really gotten over her first love. The story is rich with adventure, drama, love, tension, and family, with a twist that will grab you and have you shaking your head wondering how you could have missed it. Mia is a world champion snowmobile racer and I’m quite certain that plot line has never been scripted into a screenplay. Does anyone know someone that works at NETFLIX?
What inspired you to write this book? 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.
What can we expect from you in the future? 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 www.rieanders.com to see if I’m coming to a city near you.
Do you have any “side stories” about the characters? 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.
What did you enjoy most about writing this book? 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.
Who designed your book covers? 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.
If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead? 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
How did you come up with the name of this book? The story of Julie Hunter was not originally planned. When I wrote ‘Pavey Boulevard’, the first in the Island Series, it was supposed to be a standalone novel. The vision for that story was so clear to me, the words so strong in my mind. I was thrilled to have it published. As the first book unfolded, I realized there was a much deeper story to Julie. Looking back at the storyline now, and then throughout ‘On Island’, the second in the series, I saw I was building her story all along. It was unintentional at first, but then opportunities in the development of the first two started presenting themselves for me. I couldn’t resist the chance to lay the foundation of incredible growth and maturation for Julie.
When Julie’s story begins in ‘Hunter’s Moon’, I wanted her to be tired. I wanted her to be ready for more, and yet still conflicted. She has never really processed what happened to her, nor has anyone ever challenged her to be anything different. On a superficial level, she is still seen as the island party girl. Those around her are waiting for the moment when she finally lets go.
For Julie, the sacrifice has to be extraordinary. It has to force her to give up control. When everything is at stake, she finds the determination to dig deep and let everything go. I believe that in opening her heart and her soul, she makes a decision that is true and honest and really culminates her transformation.
I read a poem called ‘The Promise of a Hunter’s Moon’ and it felt serendipitous that it should be the name of the story. A Hunters Moon is supposed to be a time of cleansing; of starting over. And that is exactly what Julie does.
What is your favorite part of this book and why? I would love to tell you that, but I can’t…it would give away the best part. What I can say about it, is that it is so classically Julie that you will be laughing, and rolling your eyes at the same time. The scene was so much more than her actions. It was about knowing that your friends (you true friends), will understand, and love you, no matter what.
If you could spend time with a character from your book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day? I would totally hang out with Mia Brooks from ‘Dear Santa, Define Good”. She is a kick-ass, world champion snowmobiler and yet, super fun, and sweet, and smart. I would love to go out into the mountains of Wyoming and sled all day long with her.
Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination? Some are, some aren’t. Ideas come to me all the time, sometimes in horribly inconvenient locations. I carry a notebook with me ALL THE TIME so that I don’t lose an idea. I have a story coming out in 2022 that is set in Kentucky during the lead up to the Kentucky Derby, and some of my characters are based on the people I met while on a recent research trip. It was fun to add people to the story that I hadn’t originally planned on. That is the best part about writing…I get to make stuff up. Full disclosure? Jason in the Island Trilogy is based off of a boyfriend I had. I never intended his fate when I wrote the story, and I remember writing that scene on an airplane, crying. My daughter was sitting next to me at the time, and she poked me asking, “What’s the matter?” I hadn’t even realized I was crying. That was kind of cathartic for me.
What are your top 10 favorite books/authors? YES! This is an easy one! I have read (don’t take this as truth, although it most likely is…), every single book by these authors, and some books I’ve read two or three times.
Sandra Brown – ‘Mean Streak’ is my favorite of hers and more recently, ‘Thick as Thieves’
Jill Mansell – I would recommend ‘Staying at Daisy’s’ but they are all good.
Anne Rivers Siddons – A great author for Southern Romance and folk-lore
Jude Deveraux – Oh My! Swoon-worthy and so engaging. My favorite? “Knight in Shining Armor’
Shalya Black – Now, I’m putting her on the list for her book ‘Wicked Ties’. Holy smoking hot! If that is what you like, that is the book for you. If you are a clean or historical romance reader, steer clear (insert fire emoji here)
Beth Orsoff – I love her stories because they remind me a little of how I write. She was one of my inspirations with her book “Girl in the Wild”
Lastly, I would add Colleen Hoover. While she has been historically Young Adult, she has written a few stories lately that are out of her box, and I applaud her creative efforts to create new and interesting story lines.
What book do you think everyone should read? Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
Do the characters all come to you at the same time or do some of them come to you as you write? Most of them come to me as I write. Then, of course, I need to draft a story for them.
What kind of research do you do before you begin writing a book? Not a lot. I do most of my research while writing. When something feels off, or I wonder if the situation could really happen, or exists, I will spend some time reading and understanding.
Do you read yourself and if so, what is your favorite genre? Romance.
Do you prefer to write in silence or with noise? Why? Silence. I like to completely immerse myself in the story and imagine I am in the characters’ lives. However, sometimes, I might hear a song that I think fits a story so I will pull up the song on Spotify and listen to it while I write the scene. I find my writing flows better when the song is playing.
Do you write one book at a time or do you have several going at a time? I TRY to write one at a time. I do have five manuscripts pinned in WORD right now though, so, there’s that.
Pen or type writer or computer? Laptop, with a second monitor. Pen if I am in a car, or a store, or a library, or a stop light, or a party…
A day in the life of the author? My days start at the same time every day, even on the weekends. I am no longer able to sleep in. My brain turns on, and I am off and running. Likewise, when my head hits the pillow, I say to myself “I am now asleep” and I usually am. Don’t get too bored with this post but my days are pretty mundane and routine. I drink my coffee. I walk the dog. I plan my day (by the hour). I check my e-mail and respond to the necessary ones. I pull up my manuscript and stare at it. Depending on the day (these days), I will drive to the high school, drive to the rink, drive back to the high school, drive home. And in between those hours, I write. Have I put you to sleep yet? Because I am definitely boring myself. How do I convince you I am more fun than that last answer? Let me talk about the other stuff I love to do that I try to sprinkle throughout this business of living…I love to sing in the car with my daughter. I love to have dinner parties. I love to do 5K races on all the major holidays. I cook dinner every night (if I don’t, I can’t be certain what we’ll get). I love to go to Lopez and walk on the beach. I love road trips. I love book signings because I get to meet you. I love to read. I love high heels, even though I’m already 5’9’, but lately all I wear are Birkenstocks and Troentorps. Those are all the little things that I add throughout the days, and weeks, and months, in the life of this author.
What is your writing process? For instance do you do an outline first? Do you do the chapters first? I definitely do an outline first. Things always change though.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want? I write books that I would want to read. And I’ve read a lot so I know readers will love my stories. I try to write with heart, and compassion. I write about women I would want to be my friends, and men that will protect, and support, and champion the woman they love.
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be? Start now! It doesn’t matter what it is. Start it now.
How long on average does it take you to write a book? The writing part? 100 – 200 hours. The re-writing part? *groans out loud* I’ve stopped counting. Then there is the proof-reading, so I will say roughly 300 hours, maybe. If I commit 4 – 6 hours a day to writing then that would take me 75 days. And that is all the Algebra I am going to do for you today.?LOL!!!
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