"The chemistry between Evie and Ethan is undeniable. These rich characters have pasts and experiences that shape them and how their romantic dance plays out. As the reader you can feel the heat between them! A magical read and ride you won’t want to stop." -Cat
"Lopez Island sets the scene in this beautifully written novel by Rie Anders. Rie’s exquisitely detailed writing draws you into the scenery so much that you can feel the sand between your toes. Filled with a charming cast of characters, this heartfelt, romantic story is not one to be forgotten.” -Nicole P.
"There was so much heart in this book in general, especially in the final chapters. I instantly fell in love with each one of the characters and their unique stories. Please keep writing, I can't wait to see what else you have in store!" -Meredith R.
Growing up on Lopez Island, being the sister of Nick and Jason Reid, was not easy when it came to dating. All the guys thought of Evie 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 deepens, 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.
Rie Anders was raised in the Pacific Northwest, and has led a very colorful life, paralleling a previously successful career in the country’s aerospace program and corporate America. Leaving behind the nine to five, she has woven her knowledge of aviation, Pacific Northwest culture, commercial fishing in Alaska, and the rugged landscapes of the west, into beautifully crafted, happy ever after, contemporary romantic fiction novels.
Rie lives in Texas with her husband and competitive figure skating daughter. She is sure there is a story in there as well, and enlists her daughter’s input on the daily drives to (and from) the ice rink. Topics range from character development to whom will play the hero/ine on the big screen, and what new song fits a scene to perfection.
My first memory of wanting to be a writer was when I was eight years old. My parents had purchased a typewriter 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.
Most of my ideas come from locations, and quite honestly, some of my past relationships. I’ll admit that a lot of my character development comes from those relationships, and without them, I wouldn’t be who I am today. That’s what I love about the writing process: the creativity, and the catharsis. The stories are not true, but I like to imagine a fictional world where “that one” would have worked out. And I love my locations. All my stories take place in locations that mean something to me—that are part of the core person I am.
It chose me. It resonated with me, and I don’t feel as if it was really a choice—it just happened. The very first romance book I read was “November of the Heart” by LaVyrle Spencer. My grandmother had given it to my mom, and I remember being surprised at hearing my grandmother had enjoyed a romance novel. It was completely out of character (or what I thought a romance reader was) for the proper, well-bred matriarch of our family. Intrigued by the story, I started reading it and I never put it down. The grief, longing, love and development of the characters stuck with me, and it is that balance of remarkable story-telling I strive to achieve.
I love the happy ever after. But that does not mean that it comes without sacrifice. A good story weaves character growth, self-awareness, emotional conflict and sexual tension. Because really, what is a love story without the physical connection?
Location and back stories. At the core of my stories is romance: that is, of course, what I write about. They are love stories with a happy ever after. If my readers are aviation enthusiasts, love the outdoors (specifically Jackson Hole and the Pacific Northwest), and enjoy watching the heroine become emotionally stronger as the story progresses, they will enjoy my novels.
When I finally committed to writing, it felt urgent to me to have my books published, and get them out to the readers. I also didn’t have the knowledge of what was required to follow the proper publishing channels. I would be over the moon to have agent representation, and that is certainly a next step for me.
100% of giveaway ticket sales, 20% of sponsorship donations, and 20% of profits from On Island in the month of May will go to support one of my very favorite causes: the Orca Conservancy. The Orca Conservancy is a Washington State non-profit organization that works on behalf of the killer whale and protects the wild places it depends on.
Growing up in Washington State, I was able to enjoy the beautiful outdoors and the waters of the Puget Sound, where Orca's call their home. I was certainly in awe of these majestic creatures as a child and I still am. Protecting their habitats and their natural environment to me is not only a worthwhile and notable cause, it’s a dire circumstance and critical to the survival of our greater world. I’m honored to support this amazing non-profit.
Find out more about the Orca Conservancy at https://www.orcaconservancy.org/
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