About Rolynn:


Author of Lie Catchers, Last Resort, Fadeout, and Swoon, Rolynn Anderson has a passion for writing, reading, boating and golf.

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Lie Catchers on Kindle: http://amzn.com/B00HJDS1LG Check out http://rolynnanderson.com/ for more information.

WRITING ABOUT WHAT WE DON’T KNOW by Rolynn Anderson


I took a new tack in LIE CATCHERS, my newly released novel.  Instead of anchoring my characters and setting with what I do know, I went the opposite direction: I took on unfamiliar places, unique people and a strange (to me) plot.

Here’s how the story emerged.  It’s 2011 and we’re cruising from Washington State to Alaska on our trawler, Intrepid (see picture below).  Never have we covered that distance, much less navigated such difficult stretches of water.

Intrepid at blue mouse

We arrived in Petersburg, Alaska, all the strangeness of a scary virgin voyage replaced by our fascination for this charming fishing town.  Settled first by Tlingit and Haida tribes, the Norwegians showed up in the early 1900′s.  Chinese workers soon arrived to gut and cut-up fish caught by the Norwegians.

So, I knew nothing about Petersburg, its amazing history, and the fishing industry.  What’s more, Petersburg came with an unsolved crime from 1932.  Could I solve that murder and entwine it with a recent murder…which means I’m writing a book that is more mystery than suspense, another leap for me?  Challenging to compose, but fun.

Have you tackled the unfamiliar in one of your novels?  How did it go for you?  I’M OFFERING A FREE PDF OF LIE CATCHERS TO ONE LUCKY PERSON WHO COMMENTS ON THESE QUESTIONS!

Here is LIE CATCHERS:

Two unsolved murders will tear apart an Alaska fishing town unless a writer and a government agent reveal their secret obsessions.

Treasury agent Parker Browne is working undercover in Petersburg, Alaska to investigate a money scam and a murder. His prime suspect, Liv Hanson, is a freelance writer struggling to save her family’s business. Free spirited, full of life, and with a talent for catching liars, she fascinates Parker.

Trying to prove she’s a legitimate writer who cares about Petersburg’s issues, Liv pens a series of newspaper articles about an old, unsolved murder. When her cold case ties in with Parker’s investigation, bullets start to fly.

Parker understands money trails, and Liv knows the town residents. But he gave up on love two years ago, and she trusts no one, especially with her carefully guarded secret. If they mesh their skills to find the killers, will they survive the fallout?

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SUMMERTIME DREAM by Babette James celebrates small town America

I’m pleased to give a shout-out to my friend Babette James, whose new book, SUMMERTIME DREAM, is FREE from February 11-15!  

I wrote a review of James’ compelling story on Amazon:

“The coziness of SUMMERTIME DREAM comes from family loyalties in small town America. Margie is healing from physical and mental turmoil, seeking solace with her hometown family and friends. An appealing big-city guy, Christopher, comes to town to renovate an inherited home. Margie loves the old house and steps in to help him prepare it for sale, puzzled by the lives of the families who used to live there. The mystery of the house is revealed as Margie and Christopher’s romance sizzles, but their conflict over lifestyle spikes, as well. The question remains: how much can a person sacrifice and still be true to oneself?”

I was entranced by James’ picture of small town life.  I grew up an Army brat, and although most Army posts were small communities, my family rarely spent more than two years in any one city or country.  What would it be like to spend ALL my growing-up years in a small town where I knew the history of every single person, and when I needed comfort, I COULD go home again?  Not only did I yearn to be Margie, in SUMMERTIME DREAM, but I wanted to meet the hunky Christopher AND adopt Margie’s brother!  Better yet, James’ story included a home makeover and a nagging mystery about a certain family (all towns seem to come with those).  Thanks, for the great read, Babette James!

Amazon buy site: http://viewbook.at/SummertimeDream

This is Summertime Dream:

An unexpected inheritance brings business consultant Christopher Gordon from Los Angeles to quaint Falk’s Bend. He’s carved a week from his demanding schedule to list his great-grandparents’ house for sale and explore his roots. However, disturbing family secrets and the sweet temptation of writer Margie Olsson derail his plans, challenging him to seize the elusive dream missing from his hectic life— love.

A recent brush with death shook Margie’s life, but not her dreams and she’s ready to move forward. Only, standing up to her loving, over-protective family isn’t easy. Helping Christopher explore the derelict mansion and unravel his grandmother’s mysterious past should be a harmless fun taste of independence. But when her experimental summer fling ignites into unexpected love, how can her small town dreams work with his big city life?

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Summertime Dream

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The Fourth of July is over, but for these summer lovers

 the fireworks have just begun.

 

Excerpt:

 

Margie touched his shoulder and had him turn away from the mess to focus on the view toward the river.

 

Here the picturesque natural beauty of the property began: the land sloped gently down past the ancient summer house and purple martin houses to the reedy pond where a duck flew in and landed with a quack, and stretched on through weedy tangles of wild blackberry and rogue saplings to the ancient apple and plum trees sagging with unripe fruit, and beyond to the river invisible in the distance, marking where the Engberg’s farm began on the far bank.

Appreciation softened his tense face.

“Beautiful, isn’t it? I fell so in love with this place when I was little and dreamed I’d live in a house like this someday.” Margie laughed. “Of course, in my dreams it was a bit less rundown.”

“I’d imagine so. Interested in buying?”

“Oh, if only I could, I would in an instant. I’m sure the property alone is worth far more than I can afford. It’s a huge piece of land. And the repairs and restoration…” Longing swelled. She sighed. Someone else would buy and live in her dream home.

Quiet fell between them for a while. Bees buzzed in the clover. Birds sang, chirped, and flitted. A hummingbird whizzed past. Two more ducks joined the first amid quiet bickering quacks. Dandelion fluff drifted by on an unfelt breeze.

A truck rattled down the lane, breaking the moment.

“Suppose we ought to head back…” Christopher turned, so close their arms brushed, but instead of retreating, he hesitated. Their eyes locked. Where dismay and frustration had filled his green eyes, want simmered. The heavy air electrified.

You need a change.

On a surge of bewildering crazy courage, she stretched up and kissed him. The brief brush of lips to lips left her shaken and her heart pounding, like she had just come up for air.

His eyes widened in his serious, craggy face.

No, oh, no. Blowing out a unsteady breath, she pressed a hand to her stomach. She’d carried her day’s adventure one impetuous step too far. Her heroines were the daring part of her. She’d never even kissed on a first date before, and this wasn’t even a date.

Before the apology fluttering in her mind could break free, he cupped her cheek and touched his mouth down on hers.

Thinking faded as feeling soared. His gentle touch sweet and fascinating, his lips warm and firm played over hers, unhurried in his caresses and enticing brushes. He laced his fingers into her hair, cradling her head in his hand. He tenderly nipped her lip and licked at her mouth, inviting her rather than taking.

She sighed, delighting in this lovely, reckless rush. Yes. Yes. Yes. Forget that they had just met.

She could want again.

Gripping his shoulder, she accepted the heady invitation, and the kiss deepened into perfect.

 Come fall in love at the river:

Summertime Dream is available on Amazon.com in Kindle and print http://viewbook.at/SummertimeDream

 “Summertime Dream is a perfect glass of Lemonade on a hot day. Simple, elegant and beautifully written. I enjoyed each scene. Loved the chemistry between the characters and the house. Great story!” ~ Deborah Diez

Clear As Day, (★★★★½ RT Book Reviews, ★★★★★ Top Pick The Romance Reviews) is available now in eBook and print at:

Amazon.com: http://amzn.com/B007RN9STW

The Wild Rose Press: http://www.wildrosepublishing.com/maincatalog_v151/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=175_133&products_id=4806

And at all other eBook retailers

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Blurb for Clear As Day:

 

What’s a girl to do when her summer lover wants forever?

 

Haunted by dark memories of her parents’ volatile marriage, artist Kay Browning keeps her heart locked behind a free-spirit facade and contents herself with the comfortable affair she has every summer with easygoing photographer Nate Quinn.

 

The only trouble with her plan? This summer Nate’s come to Lake Mohave to claim the lover he can’t let go. He’s done with the endless traveling and settling for temporary homes and temporary loves. Kay’s always been more than just a vacation fling, and now he must convince this woman, who sees love as a course to certain heartbreak, to take that leap of faith and learn how safe love with the right man can be.

 

About the Author:

Babette James writes sweetly scorching contemporary romance and loves reading nail-biting tales with a satisfying happily ever after. When not dreaming up stories, she enjoys playing with new bread recipes and dabbling with paints. As a teacher, she loves encouraging new readers and writers as they discover their growing abilities. Her class cheers when it’s time for their spelling test! Born in New Jersey and raised in Southern California, she’s had a life-long love of the desert and going down the shore. Babette now lives in New Jersey with her wonderfully patient husband and extremely spoiled cats.

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Website: http://babettejames.com/

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Suspense Novel, LIE CATCHERS, by Rolynn Anderson Goes Free Feb.11-15!

“We found the guy floating in Puget Sound. Zipper up; money and ID still in his wallet; from Petersburg, Alaska. Had a Rite in the Rain notebook in his back pocket, full of women’s phone numbers. But it was the numbers he’d written on a series of pages that convinced us to bring in the Treasury department…and think…homicide.” – LIE CATCHERS by Rolynn Anderson  http://amzn.com/B00HJDS1LG (Free from Feb. 11-15 on Kindle!)

Good thing this suspense writer lived thirty years in rainy Seattle and cruises in her trawler along the wet Inside Passage.  In the moist conditions of the Pacific Northwest, we use waterproof notebooks made by the Rite in the Rain company http://www.riteintherain.com.   When my story, set in Petersburg, Alaska, demanded a character found dead in the water with an intact tablet in his pocket, I knew how to make the conceit work.

More fun was connecting with the generous folks at Rite in the Rain. Would they work with me on a promo mini-book?  “Yes!” was their enthusiastic response. I’m using my tablets as giveaways and gifts at book signings.  My readers are awestruck by the unique product and tickled with their gift.

Writing/marketing can be a lonely and frustrating business, but with Rite in the Rain as a sidekick, I’m having fun promoting LIE CATCHERS.  I thank Todd Silver and the helpful staff at Rite in the Rain for their partnership!

In honor of this partnership and the fact that LIE CATCHERS is free from February 11-15, I’d like to give away some free mini-notebooks.  I’ll pick out three commenters at random, who give me their e-mail addresses.  I’ll  send each a mini Rite in the Rain notebook.

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Two unsolved murders will tear apart an Alaska fishing town unless a writer and a government agent reveal their secret obsessions.

Treasury agent Parker Browne is working undercover in Petersburg, Alaska to investigate a money scam and a murder. His prime suspect, Liv Hanson, is a freelance writer struggling to save her family’s business. Free spirited, full of life, and with a talent for catching liars, she fascinates Parker.

Trying to prove she’s a legitimate writer who cares about Petersburg’s issues, Liv pens a series of newspaper articles about an old, unsolved murder. When her cold case ties in with Parker’s investigation, bullets start to fly.

Parker understands money trails, and Liv knows the town residents. But he gave up on love two years ago, and she trusts no one, especially with her carefully guarded secret. If they mesh their skills to find the killers, will they survive the fallout?

Find LIE CATCHERS here: http://amzn.com/B00HJDS1LG (Free Feb. 11-15 on Kindle!)

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Read novel. Write Review. Rate. The Problem with Rating by Rolynn Anderson

Geesh, I hate this pressure to get reviews. The majority of readers aren’t comfortable writing them, much less rating a book.

When I give an enthusiastic review of a novel, and give it a 4, I call
that a great rating and a positive response. I’m curious. What does
a 4 mean to you? Find out on http://rosesofprose.blogspot.com/ Rolynn

Suspense and Rite in the Rain Waterproof Notebooks by Rolynn Anderson

A dead man, found in Seattle’s Puget Sound, has a waterproof Rite in the Rain notebook in his back pocket, a key feature of the plot in LIE CATCHERS. The product and the concept were unique enough for me to seek out Rite in the Rain and partner up with them (and secure TWRP’s permission to ‘name’ them in my book). Here’s my saga: http://voicesftheart.blogspot.com/ Rolynn

Does Suspense Lose its Punch without Brand Names? by Rolynn Anderson

LieCatchers_w7909_750My publisher wants me to avoid using brand names in my novels, but I
find that challenging. Do you use brand names in yours? On Joanne
Stewart’s blog, I talk about the difficulty as well as present one of
my wild ideas to follow the rules yet use a brand name for promo…in
LIE CATCHERS. http://jm-stewart.blogspot.com/2014/01/Rolynn-Anderson.html
Rolynn

The Whoopee! in Writing Suspense by Rolynn Anderson

I’m answering Jane Walter’s questions about where I got my ideas for LIE CATCHERS: http://wwweclecticwriter.blogspot.com/ Witness the sense of serendipity involved in writing my books… something on the other side of Whoppee! :-) RolynnLieCatchers_w7909_750

Where’s the HO, HO, HO in a Dec. 27 release of LIE CATCHERS?

The good news is LIE CATCHERS makes it’s debut in 2013, a goal of mine. The bad news: release date is Dec. 27. Pray tell how/when I manage that challenge. Advice? See the dilemma and the book on http://voicesftheart.blogspot.com/ Thanks! Rolynn

How I learned the REAL meaning of suspense

I have new knees but I’m still in suspense about whether or not they’ll work and how they’ll change my life. You’ll understand my worries on the TRS blog: http://theromancestudio.blogspot.com/ Rolynn

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