Hello and welcome to the tenth of my posts about a brand new series of 13 suspenseful “Friday the 13th” short stories, each by a different author.
Today, I am happy to share Rolynn Anderson’s “Links to Evil” – Now available for pre-order…releasing Nov 13.
I asked the brilliant and talented women in my golf club to help me write this short story since it is about a passel of golfers who help my heroine solve a murder. They provided names, settings, conflicts, and events I could fold into my mystery. They answered questions for 13 days and I wrote the draft in an additional 13 days. I even chose women at my golf course to be BETA readers. In the dark days of COVID, building a short story together was a welcome distraction!
A golf vacation meant to heal her injured brain turns into a career-buster, when FBI agent Sable Chisholm is accused of murdering her swing coach. Sable and her fearless foursome begin a perilous journey to expose the evil underbelly of a California links community.
Sable faced her golfer friends and parsed her disclosure boldly. “I’m not afraid of sex.”
All three women laughed until their eyes watered.
Sable gave them a jaundiced look. “Thanks a lot.”
“You’re full of surprises, girl,” Rena said wiping her eyes. “Want to clarify that statement? I mean there isn’t a one of us who doesn’t love sex.”
Tightening her hands on the club, Sable said, “Being poisoned during a stakeout changed me from an introvert to a raging advocate of every out-there recreation I could find in The City. Climbing, surfing, bungee-jumping, triathlons, sky-diving. You name it. All in the month after carbon monoxide toasted my amygdala.” She cleared her throat. “I sought out sexual adventures as well.”
Rena hooted. In the next moment, she winced. “Protected, I hope.”
Looking at the grass, Sable said, “With married men.”
“Oh,” Bree said.
“Who worked in my office.”
“Ugh.” Sylvia grimaced.
“Two of them.”
“Bridges burned,” Rena opined.
“Mike?” Bree asked.
Sable shook her head. “Close. Too close.”
“Bottom line, Sable.” Rena tapped her finger in her palm. “Your police record details how you beat up two guys in a bar. Any pending suits from revengeful wives?”
“None. I promise. I made a deal with my therapist. No hopping in bed until after the fifth date. I have not slept with any man in Arroyo Grande in the two weeks I’ve been here. Period.”
She pinched her forehead. “My second admission isn’t earthshaking, but for some reason, my boss says I must tell you.” Sable paused. “I own a donkey and a pig.”
Scandinavian, Army Brat, Wife, English Teacher, High School Principal, Golfer, Boater, World Traveler, Author. Now add a competitive nature and a love for ‘makeovers.’ As a principal, Rolynn Anderson and the staff she hired, opened a cutting-edge high school; as co-captain with her husband on INTREPID, she cruised from Washington State to Alaska and back. As a writer, she delights in creating imperfect characters faced with extraordinary, transforming challenges. Her hope: You’ll devour her ‘makeover’ suspense novels in the wee hours of the morning, because her stories, settings and characters, capture your imagination and your heart.
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9 responses to “Links to Evil by Rolynn Anderson… A ‘Friday the 13th Story’”
What a fun way to write a mystery!
Murder and golf! Your title is wonderful! Sounds like a fun murder mystery!
Thanks for showcasing my story, Alicia. I may not be able to go bloody in my 40 pager, but you’ll get suspense and a mystery to solve. Read on!
This sounds terrific, Rolynn! Love the neat way it was done, too. Best of luck/
Your excerpt is a hoot! Love the golfer group effort to create your story.
Sable sounds like a real crackerjack heroine!
I love the title! Sounds like a great book!
Looks like a great read
How interesting and such a neat idea! 33 days? Wow!
Good luck and God’s blessings