Caught between vengeful employees, a sister who likes to party, and a hot CIA agent -- Rena's corporate training didn't prepare her for this. Can she trust her instincts to save the people and resort she's grown to love?
Reviews for Last Resort
"Ms. Anderson did an excellent job of keeping me on my toes. Readers are going to find lots of intrigue and deception as well as intricate story threads that at first seem disconnected but come together for an amazing and exciting conclusion. I enjoyed trying to figure out who the “bad guy” was, and certainly the author did a bang-up job of keeping me guessing.
Last Resort is an interesting read that will keep your nose firmly planted in its pages. Make sure you leave enough free time to enjoy this one from cover to cover!" - From Long and Short Reviews
"Overall, this was a truly enjoyable story and one that had me looking forward to other books that are written by this author in the future." - From The Romance Studio
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About Rolynn Anderson
Scandinavian, Army Brat, Midwesterner, English Teacher, High School Principal, Golfer, Boater, World Traveler. Author. With my experiences I'm fairly bursting with stories about extraordinary people and amazing settings, real and imagined. Now add my competitive spirit and my love of 'the makeover.' One day I'll play a stunning eighteen holes on the golf course; one year I'll pilot our boat on a perfect cruise from Washington State to Alaska. But today my goal is to write another 'makeover' novel you'll devour in the wee hours of the morning, because my story, the setting and the characters, capture your interest and your heart.
An Interview with Rolynn Anderson
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio
HH: Rolynn, thank you for talking with us at TRS! Your featured book is Last Resort and features two brave people trying to save a beloved resort and a number of lives. What do you like about Rena and why will readers identify with her?
RA: Rena has pulled herself up by her bootstraps. She comes from poverty with a mother as her only parent. In order to be successful, she patterns herself after others who have climbed the corporate ladder. The trouble is, she's lost a sense of who she is in the process, and she has no idea if her instincts are viable, especially when it comes to trusting her attraction for a fishing guide (a covert CIA agent).
Rena is one of three women in this novel who are searching for a sense of self. Rena's punk sister, Nora, is on the edge, lost in partying, drugs and attitude. A third character, Sarah, raised by mullah radicals to hate Americans, has to learn to trust her own judgment about the world. Every reader will empathize with these three women as they face enormous, life-changing challenges in LAST RESORT.
HH: What can you tell us about Neal and why will readers love him?
RA: Neal is a no-nonsense CIA agent, good at his job, but critical of the convoluted structure of U.S. intelligence in the new dawn of Home Security. Readers will identify with him and love him because he's a dedicated, competent crime-fighter, for the first time, bowled over by a woman. It's fun to watch him get flustered and angry at his inability to structure his responses to her, avoid her, not think about her, not try to protect her. He's one tough guy with a stunning track record as an agent, but when it comes to Rena, and the trouble she gets into at the resort…she becomes everything to him when she's not supposed to be.
HH: What sort of research did you do for this story?
RA: Lots! I made sure I understood the flow chart of U.S. government intelligence agencies (I'm smiling here…no one can understand that flow chart). Another challenge was to learn the lingo (from my nieces and nephews) typical of a twenty-one year old party girl. That was an eye-opener!
I researched corporate fixers, helicopters (large and small), helicopter 'black boxes,' helicopter insurance, extreme skiing, lake fishing, ocean fishing, fishing boats, Muslim upbringing, American prisons for Muslim radicals, Muslim radicals and terrorism in North America, the global war on terrorism, the Bly, Oregon, terrorist incident, CIA agent 'habits,' the Olympic games, Whistler, B.C, haz-mat trucks, properties of propane, the weather in Big Bay, B.C., habits of Grizzly Bears, salmon, currents and tides and specific resorts in Big Bay, B.C.
HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?
RA: I'm thrilled to tell you I have just signed a contract with Wild Rose Press for a second book! FADEOUT is the title of this first-in-a-set of suspense novels I call the Funeral Planner series. Think Wedding Planner (the movie with Jennifer Lopez). Now think Funeral Planner, a three-part series I've written: FADEOUT, SWOON, and FAINT. My heroine, Jan Solvang, plans boutique events, mostly funerals, for quirky people demanding out-of-the-box celebrations. Complication comes when her dead clients and their survivors upend secrets that Jan, new to risk-taking, feels compelled to understand. Enter, Martin Davis, a dumpster-diving journalist whose documentaries tell the awful truth about people. Their attraction for each other and the horrors revealed in truth-telling, create conflict and danger.
HH: How much of your day is devoted to your writing career?
RA: I'm up at six a.m. to write. My favorite schedule is to handle e-mail for one hour, then write on my newest novel for the following three hours. When I'm editing, I'll spend an extra couple of hours in the afternoon re-visioning my novel with my editor and grabbing minutes here and there to blog, tweet and share on Facebook.
HH: What goals have you set for yourself in your career?
RA: I'm a firm believer in setting high, but achievable goals to motivate my actions. I want to publish at least a book a year for the next twenty years. I have one novel already published and another contracted for. Since I have eight more books 'in the can,' that means I have ten more books to write along with the eight I will surely revise. Whew! Maybe I need to get up at five in the morning!
HH: What are you reading at the moment? ?
RA: I just finished How to Become a Famous Writer Before You're Dead: Your Words in Print and Your Name in Lights, by Ariel Gore. I've always thought of myself as ambitious, but I look like a lightweight compared to Gore. She wants all of us writers to be more forward, ambitious and creative about getting our stories in the hands of readers. 'Lit Stars,' she calls us.
I'm 20% into The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Garth Stein, which, so far, seems to be an anecdotal account of the trauma of being a scorned minority in the U.S.
HH: Where is your favorite place to shop for books?
RA: The Kindle store. I blush. This former English teacher has been bitten by the e-book bug. Why? Because I can't throw away the books I already have, which fill to the brim all my bookcases. Watch, I won't be able to delete books from my Kindle, either! Sigh.
HH: Any special holiday plans?
RA: My husband and I will spend Thanksgiving and Christmas with friends here in California, saving up for visits to family at other times of the year. We'll take short trips to Scottsdale and Palm Springs (in November and December), feeding my need for warmth and the challenge of playing new golf courses. I especially crave balmy desert evenings, sipping on gin and tonics while I observe shadow shows on the San Jacinto mountain range.
HH: Thank you!