Nan Reinhardt, Author

Grown-up love stories, because we're never too old for a little sexy romance…

The Happiness Pact

December1

Break out the champagne or the chocolate or both, mes amies, I’m celebrating! My BFF, author Liz Flaherty, has released a brand new Harlequin Heartwarming romance today! The Happiness Pact is now available at book retailers everywhere, including Amazon and Barnes and Noble. I’m so excited about this story and not just because I got to read it pretty much before anyone else did, but also because it takes us back to Lake Miniaqua and the group of friends we met in last year’s Every Time We Say Goodbye. I love Liz’s writing beyond words and I always hate it when I finish one of her books because I want to stay in her world, so I’m delighted we’re back in Lake Miniaqua, Indiana.

The fine line between BFF and happily-ever-after…

Tucker Llewellyn and Libby Worth—strictly platonic!—realize they’re each at a crossroads. Tucker is successful, but he wants a wife and kids: the whole package. Libby knows that small-town life has her set in her ways; the tearoom owner needs to get out more.

So they form a pact: Libby will play matchmaker and Tucker will lead her on the adventure she desperately needs. But the electricity Libby feels when they shake on it should be a warning sign. Soon the matchmaking mishaps pile up, and a personal crisis tests Libby’s limits. Will Tucker be there for her as a best friend…or something more?

And here’s a shot of the book in progress! This was last summer when we were in Michigan and Liz was working on it. Don’t miss this one–hurry over to your favorite book retailer and grab THE HAPPINESS PACT and settle in for another gorgeous and touching read by the amazing Liz Flaherty.

 

Still Rollin’ Along

November16

Liz and Nan’s big Madison adventure continued today, but our adventurousness sorta stayed in the fiction realm. We went to breakfast, then came back to the hotel and set up in the lobby to write. We stayed put there, each of us writing and occasionally stopping to share a paragraph or ask one anothers’ opinion or discuss a word choice. Or even, ask for a word! We ended up skipping lunch and writing from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. It was amazing–I got a fabulous start on novel 1 for Tule and Liz–ta da!! Liz finished her book that is due to Harlequin Heartwarming on December 1!! YAY!

At 4, we closed up shop and headed to town to wander a bit–we needed to walk and breathe fresh cold Indiana air. Then we headed to the Key West Shrimp House for an early fish supper. It’s been a great writing day. Liz is delighted to have put The End to the first draft of Cass’s story and I’m pleased as I can be about the great start I have on Colin’s story. Now, we’re just hanging out in our cozy hotel room–a fire in the fireplace and the gray, gloomy day out of sight and out of mind.

It was good for me to be down here with Liz, writing and keeping my mind occupied. Today would have been my dear Dee’s 62nd birthday. All day, I’ve been thinking of her and remembering when I was down here with her when she turned 55. We had a great time at the Clifty Inn. Man, do I miss her.

But all in all, with the lovely hotel, delightful folks we’ve met, and the successful writing we’ve gotten done, we’re declaring this Writer’s Retreat a complete success! Now, we’ve got to decide where we’ll go next . . . stay tuned!

 

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Rollin’ . . . Um, Writin’ on the River

November15

Hey, it’s Liz and I just took over Nan’s computer! It’s Wednesday, and I gotta say, we have written a ton of words here on the river. This afternoon, we came down to the dining area of the hotel lobby and have been here for a couple of hours. Nan’s talking about thousands of words and I’m saying “yeah, yeah, yeah….”

Liz at Lanthier WInery among the 100s of Christmas trees!

It’s been a rainy day–good day to write.

We’ve been winerying, coffeeing, and writing. It is fun. There is homesickness around the edges of the fun, always, and it’s kind of like the best of two worlds. It’s a good time traveling with a good friend and eating at all different kinds of restaurants that wouldn’t thrill our husbands, but the other side is going home to where our hearts are.

For now, though, we have more wineries and more words to roam through and discover. Hope you’re enjoying our trip! 🙂

 

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On the Road

November14

We had a great day in Madison! Spent the day wandering around–fun late lunch at a coffee shop in town and then two wineries for tasting. Loved, loved The Ridge–a little winery tasting room right on the Ohio River. Delish wine, lovely hostess, and beautiful view of the river. The Ridge is actually the winery I was thinking of as I imagined the Flaherty brothers’ tasting room on the river. It lived up to all my expectations. I’m excited to use this little river town as the basis for my stories.

Liz says it’s been a fine day and she is so right. Somehow, we are the best of traveling companions. She’s crazy about our hotel, which has turned out to be such a delightful place. And she loved the Ridge Winery! We met a lovely couple of folks who were so jacked to meet “real romance authors.” We took full advantage, of course, and showered them with swag and a complimentary book each. Fun!

Right now, we’re sitting on the second-floor sun porch of the Riverboat Inn, watching the Ohio and eating our impromptu supper of cheese, crackers, bread and summer sausage and apples. We’ve had our complimentary glass of wine from the little bar downstairs and it may be time to write for a while. Here are some pics from our day–more tomorrow! Here are some pics of the day…enjoy!

 

A Teenager Trapped in an Old Body

October20

So, I’m back with more body stuff, which just irritates the heck outta me. Although I’m truly okay with getting older, I really hate the physical stuff associated with aging. Flagging energy, a genetic proclivity for arthritic joints, occasional memory lapses, saggy underarms, the damn diverticulitis flares, and scary heart stuff. For some reason, even though fall is my favorite time of year, it also seems to be the time of year when body issues rear their ugly little heads. I wonder if it has anything to do with being a fall baby–maybe it’s my body’s way of acknowledging that I’m a year older. Who knows?

Stereotactic Breast Biopsy

Anyway, this fall, it’s my boobs that are showing their age, just like the rest of me. I had a bad mammogram, so I went back for a recheck, which showed microcalcifications in my left breast that the radiologist feels he needs to do a biopsy on. Apparently, they’re “indeterminate.” So on Monday, I’ll be having a stereotactic breast biopsy done and I can’t resist putting up the drawing that goes with the explanation of the procedure because seriously, one look at this and what else could you possibly want to know? Yikes!! I guarantee you that whatever you have planned for next Monday, you will be having a better time than me.

Believe it or not, that drawing does not show the worst part of this as far as I’m concerned. Worse even than having my boob hanging down through a hole in cold metal table and squeezed between two plates, is the fact that I’ve had to go off the anti-inflammatory med that keeps my arthritis pain at bay. I am discovering, much to my pained non-amusement, that these drugs really do work! They are what keep me moving so that my joints don’t just decide to turn in their notice. When I move, I’m good. So, I’m dealing with the pain in the best ways I know how without the meds–lots of water, keep moving, no sweets or alcohol, and prayer. I probably should’ve put prayer first on the list because it is the one thing I’m doing most of.  The good news is that only about 30 percent of these procedures show any malignancy, so I’m counting on being among the vast 70 percent whose tests come out negative for cancer. So if you have a few good-news vibes to toss my way, I’d sure appreciate them. Oh, and since I’ve brought this all up, I promise to report back when I know anything about the results.

In the meantime, here’s my gratitude for today:

  1. Husband, who is so sympathetic and helpful and loving. He’s the best.
  2. Friends who keep reassuring me with their stories about the 70%–they give me endless hope.
  3. Son, who would take on my pain if he could–God, I love my kid.
  4. Beautiful fall days, with blue, blue October skies and cool breezes.
  5. Medical innovations that make early detection possible.

 

When Christmas Goes Wrong with Guest Leigh Riker

October17

Today, I’m delighted to welcome author Leigh Riker, whose novella is a part of the new HEARTWARMING HOLIDAY WISHES anthology–a trip back to Christmas Town, Maine. An Award-winning, USA Today best-selling author, Leigh was eight years old when she got the best Christmas present ever—a typewriter from Santa. She later began her career by publishing short stories. But with her first novel, she truly found her fictional “home,” and many books later her passion for writing—and romance—is as strong as ever. She lives in the Southeast where she is (of course) working on a new novel. On her computer. Please visit her website: http://www.leighriker.com or find her on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/leighrikerauthor

Take it away, Leigh . . .

Thanks, Nan! If you’re like me, I’m sure not every holiday comes off exactly as you planned. There are years when everyone in the house is sick on Christmas Eve, the presents you ordered online don’t arrive in time for the little ones, or the weather closes in and a blizzard keeps your family from traveling to see relatives.

One Christmas when my firstborn son was two years old, we flew from Kansas where my husband was in school to see his parents in New York. But while enjoying a couples afternoon in the city while the grandparents babysat, I was suddenly taken ill. I could barely walk ten steps without having to sit down and rest. The Hong Kong flu had hit me hard—and one by one, the entire family too. Only my mother-in-law escaped, and she fast became our nurse-in-residence (bless her), dispensing tissues and hot soup and cheer while the rest of us sprawled in the living room to play Jeopardy (the board game). A surprisingly spirited match, considering our ailments. We actually managed to have a good time. And that’s still one of the family stories we all like to tell.

By the time my second son was born, we were living in upstate New York. Snow?! Oh, yeah. One winter we had over a hundred inches of the white stuff. At Thanksgiving we decided to get out of there—and head for Manhattan again (ha). That is, until our car slid off the road and plowed into a snowdrift and, soon after, the police closed the highway. I was briefly a mommy basket case, though we were unharmed. We got the last motel room at the nearest exit where a group camaraderie had set in, and our five-year-old and the baby became the centers of attention in the restaurant during a traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner. That became one of my best memories too—and still is.

Oh, and one more from the year before that. With my husband in grad school then, we had little money to spare. On Christmas Eve it was, of course, snowing. Those heavy flakes looked pretty but they made the roads treacherous, and I hadn’t gotten all the shopping done. Our then-four year old wasn’t going to get his presents! Thank goodness, hubby (my real-life hero) braved the storm, found the only store that was still open—and cleaned out our meager bank account to buy our little boy’s Santa gifts. A bright yellow Tonka dump truck became his favorite and he had Christmas after all.

Funny, isn’t it, how the very things that throw a monkey wrench in the plans can turn out to be the most memorable. How did you cope with your Christmas gone wrong?

I hope this Christmas is merry and bright. And to help celebrate this year, why not pick up a copy of the 2017 Christmas Town, Maine anthology, Heartwarming Holiday Wishes? Ten novellas by ten authors to get you in the mood.

 

Still On Sale!

October1

Well, peeps, the 99-cent deal on ONCE MORE FROM THE TOP–book 1 in the Women of Willow Bay series garnered such a great response that I’m extending it for one more week. That great low price is good until October 7, so if you haven’t started this series yet, here’s a great opportunity.

The Women of Willow Bay are stories about women over forty finding a second chance at love. I believe that love can happen to anyone at any age, that women only grow more interesting, and that you’re never too old for a little sexy romance. I started writing romance with seasoned characters because I wanted to read about relationships between two people who are over the drama of coming-of-age and meet on a level playing field of self-knowledge. I adore sensual love scenes that hold an irresistible combination of humor, passion, and life experience.

The Women of Willow Bay series is four stories about four women who are ripe for a second chance at love:

In Once More From the Top, photographer Carrie Halligan is reunited with Maestro Liam Reilly, the father of her fifteen-year-old son, whom he doesn’t know exists. Her lie is a lot for Liam to get past, but the spark of passion between them becomes a bonfire that overcomes everything.

In Sex and the Widow Miles, Carrie’s best friend Julie Miles must learn to live and love again after the death of her husband of over 30 years. Liam’s friend and manager Will Brody, a handsome younger man, is more than willing to help her navigate that path. But a secret from her dead husband’s past threatens Julie’s newfound happiness.

In The Summer of Second Chances, freelance editor Sophie Russo makes Willow Bay her home after inheriting two summer cottages from her beloved grandfather. Henry Dugan, nerdy publisher and writer, rents her second cottage with the intention of finishing his novel and ends up getting involved with Sophie, her crazy mother, and a mysterious lost treasure.

In the newly released Saving Sarah, Sarah Bennett escapes from her abusive ex-husband to find safety in Willow Bay, where she meets handsome Deputy Sheriff Tony Reynard—just the man to help her trust again. Together with their friends in the village, they work to build a shelter for battered women. But when her ex shows up, can Tony save her or will she find the strength to save herself?

Sure hope you’ll use this sale to get started on the Women of Willow Bay! Merci, mes amies!!

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I’m at USA Today!

September27

Yup, I really am at USA Today–today, actually! Hope you’ll stop by and check out the interview that Joyce Lamb did with me. It was so much fun! We mostly talked about my writing, but there were a few other kinds of questions as well. I hope I came off as the professional I try to be. Let me know what you think, okay?

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Release Day!!

September26

It’s here and it’s not only my book birthday, but it’s my actual birthday! What better way to celebrate than with a new book release? I’m excited and I sure hope you are too! Here are the details and links–head over to your favorite retailer and grab your copy of SAVING SARAH, book 4 in the Women of Willow Bay series. Enjoy!!

She thought she’d never feel safe again. She was wrong.

When Sarah Bennett’s abusive ex hunts her down in Chicago, her friends spirit her away to Willow Bay, where she hopes to begin again with a different identity. But terror keeps her holed up, unable to start her new life.

Deputy sheriff Tony Reynard never expected to be staring down the barrel of a gun when he enters Sarah’s apartment to finish up some handyman work, but that’s how the fiery little redhead greets him, and he’s beyond intrigued.

After an intervention by her loving friends, Sarah becomes involved in a project to turn an old mansion into a battered women’s shelter. The women work together to renovate the house, along with the help of the townspeople and the delectably handsome Tony, who is a true renaissance man. Tony vows to bring Sarah back to life and love, but knows he needs to move slowly to win her heart.

When her ex tracks her down once more, Sarah must find the courage to protect her friends and her new love from his wrath.

https://www.amazon.com/Saving-Sarah-Women-Willow-Book-ebook/dp/B074KQQ4YB

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/saving-sarah-nan-reinhardt/1127062255?ean=2940154535783

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/saving-sarah/id1279072752?mt=11

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ManyBooks . . . and I’m One of Them!

September24

Hey gang, check out ManyBooks today to find lots of great deals on books, including Once More From the Top, which is still at the discounted price of just 99 cents! It’s been a wild ride these past couple of weeks as I’ve prepared for the release of  Saving Sarah Book 4 in the Women of Willow Bay series on Tuesday, September 26. I picked that day because it’s my birthday and releasing a new book seemed like the perfect way to celebrate. If you haven’t met the Women of Willow Bay yet, now’s the time to get started. I hope you’ll love Carrie and Julie and Sophie and Sarah as much as I do!

Today’s gratitude:

  • Fall is here and it’s going to cool down next week.
  • Sales are going well for OMFTT and Saving Sarah pre-orders are not bad at all.
  • Trip to CA in November is planned and I get to see my kids.
  • Kids sent an amazing early birthday gift–Weather Tech car mats! I’m way overwhelmed and grateful!
  • Husband is as thrilled as I am that I’m starting a new series–more on that as news comes in.

Make it a great day!

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