Nan Reinhardt, Author

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Celebrating Seasoned Romance: Peter Perrin


What a treat to welcome Peter Perrin today–honestly, it’s so cool to have a guy writing romance, particularly seasoned romance!

Peter writes sweet, seasoned romances involving larger-than-life mature characters who will make you rethink your views on older people in a positive way. His characters are mature in age but not necessarily in their behavior. They may not be in the first flush of youth but that doesn’t stop some of them from acting like hormonal teenagers.

Peter was born in Romford, in the county of Essex, near London, England. For nearly twenty years he has lived with his wife of almost forty years in a quiet suburb of Swindon, in the county of Wiltshire, in England. He is a father and grandfather. He is a former member of The Royal Air Force who has served in the UK, and in Madagascar, Singapore, and Saudi Arabia. He was also stationed for two years in Aden—which nowadays is part of Yemen.

After almost fifteen-years’ service in The Royal Air Force Peter worked in Engineering, Quality Control, and Procurement Management, not to mention myriad smaller jobs in between those careers.

Now retired Peter’s interests are Writing, Carp Fishing, and (despite being in his early seventies) PC and PlayStation games.

His favorite quote is “Youth passes, but with luck, immaturity can last a lifetime.”

NAN: Tell us what you are currently working on or promoting.

My debut novel, Grace’s Turmoil, was only published in December 2017 so I am still actively promoting that. However, Grace’s Turmoil is only Book 1 in a planned series called Not Too Old for Love, and I have made a start in pulling ideas and information together for Book 2 in the series.

NAN: What genre(s) do you write in?

PETER: I write sweet contemporary romances. But, more than that they are about mature characters, so they fall into an evolving sub-genre—Seasoned Romance.

NAN: What sets you apart from other authors in your genre?

PETER: Well I would guess that is that I am probably one of the few men openly writing romance, using their own name or a male nom de plume. That and the fact that I am not only writing about mature characters but specifically those who are aged at least sixty.

NAN: Do you have an agent and/or publisher, or are you self-published?

PETER: I don’t have an agent as I didn’t go the traditional Agent/Print Publisher route. But, I do have a publisher—Devine Destinies. As Grace’s Turmoil is my first book I wanted to use a publisher so that I would have the satisfaction of knowing a professional team had found my work to be of a sufficient standard for them to take a chance on.

NAN: Is there a theme/message underlying your book(s) that you hope comes across?

PETER: There is indeed a theme/message that totally underlines the book and that will be maintained throughout subsequent books in the series. The theme is that many older people want and have romance, relationships, and sex in their lives. That, having experienced marriage and divorce or bereavement, mature people with emotional baggage can and do find love again. Or even that someone who has been single for their whole life can find love in their twilight years.

NAN: What obstacles, if any, have you encountered in being a writer?

PETER: There were a few obstacles when I started writing Grace’s Turmoil. One of those no longer exists but the others if anything are worse. The one that no longer exists is the problem of having no previous experience of any serious writing, let alone a novel. And, while that is no longer strictly true I still have a lot to learn.

The man problem is my memory, which has never been good, and which has worsened as I’ve got into my seventies. So, I constantly have to reread and recheck things that in an ideal world I would be able to instantly recall.

NAN: What do you like best/least about writing?

PETER: I love seeing ideas that come primarily from my own brain, my imagination, and my life experiences turn into a book that hopefully people will read and enjoy.  The greatest thrill has been when I have written something and on reading it over thought ‘That wasn’t supposed to be like that’ or ‘He/she wasn’t supposed to say/do that.’ In other words to have a character or characters effectively write or do what they wanted rather than what I had planned or expected.

NAN: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

PETER: That would have to be when I got the email from Devine Destinies offering me a contract to publish Grace’s Turmoil.

NAN: Would you rather read a book that is poorly written but has an excellent story, or read one with weak content, but is well written?

PETER: That’s a hard question as I would rather not read either, but I guess it would have to be the first option.  Content and a good story are crucial, and I would probably be able to read it and enjoy it even if the writing was poor. But, if I started to read a book and found the content was weak there would be no point in continuing with it. Arguably such a book couldn’t be classed as well written other than technically.

NAN: What is the hardest thing about writing a series?

PETER: I haven’t really discovered that yet as I am only just starting to scope out book 2 of the Not Too Old for Love series. But, my gut feeling is that it will be writing books that each stand alone yet are clearly part of a series and link at least some of the characters from one book to another. It will be even harder for me as all my main characters live at The Grange Retirement Village. So, from book 2 onward, I will have to find a way to let new readers know about The Grange (a 17th Century English Manor House) and the relationships between the characters that were in book 1 and are now in book 2. And, I’ll have to do that without repeating the descriptions etc. from book 1 or using great info dumps.

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Grace’s Turmoil

Divorced and emotionally damaged, artist Grace Stollery wants nothing more than to spend her semi-retirement painting and let time heal her emotional scars.

But when dashing widower Alfred Nobel moves into her retirement village he turns her life upside down and her heart inside out by awakening feelings she wants to keep dormant.

Alfred quickly sets out to woo Grace and slowly she warms to him. But the village’s resident femme fatale wants him for herself. Will she succeed in driving a wedge between Alfred and Grace?

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Celebrating Seasoned Romance: Jennifer Theriot


USA Today Bestselling Author Jennifer Theriot (pronounced Terrio) hails from the Great State of Texas. She is a career woman, working as CFO of a Texas based real estate investment firm by day and does her writing at nights and on weekends. In her limited spare time, Jennifer enjoys being outdoors; preferably somewhere on a beach curled up with a good book. Spending time with family and friends, listening to music, watching a baseball game and enjoying a good bottle of wine are usually on her to-do lists. She’s mom to three grown children and ‘MiMi’ to five grandkids – all of whom she adores!

Jennifer took a chance that there could be an interest in romance with couples over the age of 40 who are finding themselves at a crossroads and wrote her debut novel Out of the Box Awakening, which centers on the hope of finding happiness and passion through unexpected heartache. Grownup romance from the other side of 30 is how she characterizes her books.

NAN: Tell us  what you are currently working on or promoting.

JENNIFER: My title in the Juniper Court Series, called Relationship Resuscitation. It’s a 7-book, 7-author series about 7 homes on Juniper Court. A brilliant concept brought to life by Isabelle Peterson. My book is a steamy romantic comedy. Follow all of the Juniper Court authors on the official Juniper Court website:

NAN: What genre(s) do you write in?

JENNIFER: Contemporary romance and romantic comedy (both ‘seasoned’)

NAN: Do you have an agent and/or publisher, or are you self-published?

JENNIFER: Self pubbed!

NAN: What advice would you give to an aspiring author?

JENNIFER:  If you aspire to write and have a story, then write it. Have a good editor lined up and above all, pay it forward! I’ve received so much help and information from the Indie Author community and every time I get the chance, I extend help to new authors. It’s what Indie Authors do!

NAN: How do you keep sane as a writer?

JENNIFER: Chardonnay….LOTS of it!

NAN: If someone wrote a book about your life, what would it be called?

JENNIFER: She Dances Outside the Box

NAN: What obstacles, if any, have you encountered in being a writer?

JENNIFER: Balancing time. I have a full time job and a wonderful family, so fitting my writing in is sometimes (most times) challenging. You have to take it day by day. I just wish there were more than 24 hours in a day…

NAN: What do you like least about writing?

JENNIFER: Marketing! That, in and of itself is a full time job.

NAN: Do you think a writer should write every day?

JENNIFER: That depends on if you have a full time job, a publisher with deadlines and family obligations. For me, it’s a NO. I write when my characters speak to me and I have the time to devote to writing.  I’m a panster, so don’t do outlines. I write by the seat of my pants and go where my characters lead me. I’ve tried outlining, but find for me – it’s a futile waste of time.

NAN: What do you do in your spare time?

JENNIFER: Spend time with my amazing family. I have a wonderful husband, three grown kids (all married) and four, soon to be five grandkids. I devote every minute of my spare time to them!

NAN: What show have you recently binge-watched?

JENNIFER: Blue Bloods…I’m hopelessly ADDICTED and Blue Bloods marathons are on ION TV every Thursday night. I sleep on the couch Thursday nights, so I can watch uninterrupted. (Hubby’s not a fan.)

NAN: What five words would you use to describe yourself?

JENNIFER: Witty, sarcastic, loyal, unorganized, appreciative

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Meet Phillip & Jayne Miller, original homeowners on Juniper Court. He’s a successful attorney; she’s a flourishing blogger. Head over heels in love and approaching 50, their relationship needs a little jump start. With the Miller’s twin girls married and moved away from Sunview, Phillip and Jayne decide it’s time to focus on resuscitating their relationship, complete with spicing up their neglected sex life. When competition between the two sets in, it becomes a full out game to see who can one-up the other trying new things. Ah, yes. Life on Juniper Court gets interesting… and sometimes embarrassing. Be careful what you wish for and where you stick your nose. Sometimes keeping up with the Joneses–or in this case, the Sullivans can have consequences.


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Celebrating Seasoned Romance: Mary Cooney-Glazer


I’m very pleased to welcome author Mary Cooney-Glazer today–Mary, how great you could join us! I really enjoyed the opportunity to sit down and chat with you.

MARY: Hello, Nan. Thank you for having me as a guest. As a first-time, second-career novelist, I am delighted to have completed and published the book, This Time Forever. Writing a novel about a second-time-around romance, featuring people shaped by life experience has been a wonderful and challenging adventure.

I was a Registered Nurse for many years, in clinical and management settings where business writing was part of the job. Fictional stories never saw the light of day until I joined a writers’ group, and finally gained enough confidence to do some short stories and try to write dialogue. From there, it was a quick leap to taking snatches of conversation or a meeting that I saw and start to spin stories. As friends’ lives changed, by widowhood or divorce, I started seeing that there is no expiration date on falling in love. An idea for a story related to a second time around romance came to me and there was no choice. I had to write it.

NAN: Mary, what are you currently promoting?

MARY: I am currently promoting This Time Forever. It’s my first novel, published on November 3, 2017. The story is about what happens after an over fifty couple meets unexpectedly after he broke their engagement over the telephone and without any explanation twenty-five years before. He did that while he was visiting his family in London for what was supposed to be a week’s stay.

NAN: What genre do you write in?

MARY: This is an emerging genre called “Seasoned Romance.” It includes stories about a wide age range, but main characters are at least over 30. Most romances traditionally feature twenty-somethings. However, there’s a growing audience of readers with more life experience looking for stories about people their own age. I plan to continue writing about main characters in their fifties or older. The supporting cast varies from the twenties to the eighties.

NAN: Who would I like to have a conversation with, living or dead?

MARY: There are so many fascinating people. Barbara Walters would be my choice for this question. I admire strong, successful, women who are brave enough to take some chances on unknown situations. I would love to talk to someone who has had success in the literary and entertainment worlds as well. She fits both categories.

NAN: What are you currently reading?

MARY: Right now a, lot of Catherine Bybee. I truly enjoyed Fool Me Once as well as her “Not Quite” and “Weekday Brides” series. Her books have good plots woven into the love stories. The scenes between the lovers are spicy, without being super explicit, and they fit into the story well.

NAN: What makes good writing?

MARY: I like a good story. The characters and plot need to be well developed. Characters’ actions and dialogue have to match their role in the story. I want the writing to draw me into the scene, showing me what’s happening. I want to understand the sentences without re-reading them several times. Grammatically correct isn’t absolutely necessary all the time, but stories need to be understandable. The plot needs to hold my interest. In the romance genre, a happy ending is part of the structure. But twists and turns with an element of surprise are part of the fun. I do not like to see multiple typos.

NAN: Is there a theme/message underlying your book that you hope comes across?

MARY: Absolutely. I want people to realize that people of all ages can have romantic adventures, with the fun, discovery, tenderness, sex, and second chances. I have one character who is a bit heavier than usual, but gorgeous. I’d like readers to see that body size is no barrier to being attractive and desirable.

NAN: If someone wrote a book about your life, what would it be called?

MARY: Keep Trying Until You Figure It Out.

NAN: I love that! What did you like best/least about writing?

MARY: The best part was letting my imagination fly, then realizing that I was so into the story, that the characters were dictating it a lot of the time.

The part I liked least was the editing. It was excruciating to go back and clean up, check for missing quotes, make sure everything was tight, plot had no holes, etc. No joke, I read the story at least 30 times after the three betas pronounced it acceptable. There were still a few things that escaped notice.

NAN: Do you have anything specific you want to say to your readers?

MARY: A heartfelt thank you for spending your time reading my book. Authors wouldn’t exist without people who read their books. As a new author, I am thrilled every time someone tells me that my book was a fun/good/interesting read. You have so many excellent choices and I feel honored that you picked my book to read.

NAN: What do you do in your spare time?

MARY: Travel to Aruba and Florida to break up the New England winter. I also garden a bit and love to drop into local coffee spots. I try to slip in much needed exercise. Going out with my husband and friends is always a treat.

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This Time Forever

Angie Martin-Wilson was convinced nothing could interfere with her pleasant existence. Widowed for three years, she owned a successful Nurse Concierge business in picturesque Rock Harbor, on the north shore of Massachusetts. A handsome, sexy, interesting man was pursuing her, and she had loyal and supportive friends.

She wasn’t prepared for expectedly running into Ben Whitcomb, the man who shattered her life twenty-four years before. They were engaged when he went on a week-long visit to his family in London. Within a few days, during a brief and cruel transatlantic call, he ended their relationship without explanation. Although Angie healed enough to find happiness again, she never stopped wondering why he left.

Several years later, Ben realized he should have told her about the London situation, instead of cutting her out of his life. However, he found out it was too late to correct his terrible mistake. Ben thought the woman he couldn’t forget was lost to him forever.

Their unexpected meeting was an opportunity for questions and explanations. Would it also bring them a second chance for happiness?


The man in back of her couldn’t move fast enough to avoid a collision. He kept Angie from falling as she plowed into the middle of his chest.

“Oh my god, that was my fault. I am so sorry. Are you OK?” Angie was mortified as he held her shoulders until she was safely balanced upright. She apologized while she steadied herself, before seeing his face.

“I’m fine,” he answered, “No worries.” Then, “I knew that voice, but I couldn’t believe it!” he said. “Angela, is it really you?”

There was only one man in the world who called her by her full name and made it sound that wonderful.

She stood there, barely keeping herself composed.

I should say no, wrong person. Then I should run as fast as I can away from here. He’s still wearing the same cologne. The one that made me cry whenever I smelled it for years after we split. 

“It’s been well over twenty years, and I’d know you anywhere,” Ben told her, adding, “You’re still beautiful.”

Her thoughts raced.

That sexy British accent is still there. How can he look as good with gray hair as he did when he was blond? I felt solid muscle when I bumped into him. Why couldn’t he be fat and old looking? Oh god, did I at least remember to put on lipstick? What the hell is he doing in a linen department in Peabody? Why am I hesitating? I need to go. Now!

Red alerts flashed, and alarms were sounding in her brain. She ignored all of them.

This TIme Forever is available on Amazon.


Celebrating Seasoned Romance: Liz Durano


Today’s featured author of seasoned romance is Liz Durano–although Liz majored in Journalism in college, she discovered that she preferred writing fictional stories and poetry over news and ad copy.  She currently lives in Los Angeles and when she’s not listening to her Muses, she’s drinking coffee and stepping over her son’s Legos all over the place. But I’m going to let her tell you a little bit more about herself…

LIZ: I’ve been writing since I was about eleven or twelve, back when I played with paper dolls and then later when I fell in love with anime cartoons and wrote and drew their stories. By eighth grade, I evolved and wrote my first steamy serial in eighth grade which almost got me suspended from school. In exchange for the principal not calling my parents, I had to make amends by joining the Poetry Club after school and finding another way to channel all my teen angst. Up until then, I didn’t much care for poetry but I ended up loving it.

I’ve been writing on and off since, dabbled in self-publishing back in 2000 when self-publishing wasn’t even a word although one could have thousands of books stashed in their garage for a fee via vanity publishers. Thank goodness I was too broke then to take that route and instead, I shelved all my stories and decided to just focus on building my massage practice—which I did and while I no longer run a full-time practice, I still see long-time clients once a week (it gets me out of the house).

I started writing again in 2012 and published my first novel, Finding Sam in November 2014. Loving Ashe followed in June 2015 and then Collateral Attraction in December 2015. In October 2016, I released Everything She Ever Wanted and the rest is history. Most readers have met me through Dax and Harlow and nothing makes me happier than knowing my stories touch people.

NAN: Tell us what you are currently working on or promoting.

LIZ: I’m currently working on the third book of my Celebrity series. It’s the story of Gareth Roman, who started out as a secondary character but very pivotal to the growth of the main character, Riley Eames. But then I’m also working on the third novel of my Different Kind of Love series.

NAN: What genre(s) do you write in?

LIZ: I write women’s fiction, contemporary romance, and suspense.

NAN: What advice would you give to an aspiring author?

LIZ: Be patient. Don’t release that first book until you have your marketing plan in place. A lot of new authors want to publish right away and wonder why no one is buying. Then they realize that they haven’t started a mailing list, a website or had any marketing and promos in place. So my advice would be, before you publish your book, set the stage with a mailing list, a website, a marketing plan and a budget.

NAN: If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

LIZ: Don’t worry too much about what other people will think about your books. Just write it and publish it. You’re doing way more than they ever will, as far as doing what you love is concerned.

NAN: How do you keep sane as a writer?

LIZ: My family keeps me sane and grounded. They remind me I’m not that awesome writer I think I am. I still have to do the laundry and fold the clothes and put them away. I still have to do the dishes.

NAN: Has reading a book ever changed your life? If yes, which one and how?

LIZ: The Adventurers by Harold Robbins. This was the first book I ever read when I was about 12 or 13 that I found by accident and I couldn’t put it down. I went on to read two other books by Robbins called The Pirate and A Stone for Danny Fisher because they were part of the pile of books I came across at that time. Those three books convinced me that I wanted to write like Robbins, or at least, learn to transport people to exotic (The Adventurers and The Pirate) and not-so-exotic locations (A Stone for Danny Fisher) with words.

NAN: What obstacles, if any, have you encountered in being a writer?

LIZ: Life, in general. Most of the obstacles, however, are my self-limiting beliefs that I let rule my life  as well as that old “What will others think?” I used to suffer from Imposter Syndrome and never allowed myself to enjoy the fruits of my labors because I didn’t think I was ‘that’ good to deserve anything. It’s changing though and I have to take it one day at a time.

NAN: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

LIZ: When I was in eighth grade and almost got suspended for writing this steamy taboo story that was circulated in Homeroom and the teacher got a hold of a racy page. The principal struck a deal with me then. She wouldn’t tell my parents if I agreed to leave the Drama Club and go into Poetry club so I could work out all my teen angst there.

NAN: Would you rather have one giant bestseller or a long string of moderate sellers?

LIZ: As a self-published author, I prefer the idea of perennial books like Shogun by James Clavell which still sells a lot twenty years after it was written. So I’d rather have a string of moderate sellers that will sell long after I’m gone so my sons, for whom I really write, can benefit.

NAN: Do you think a writer should write every day?

LIZ: Not really. Some people go by word count but I hate counting so I just go by chapters and scenes. Some days I don’t write though because the characters haven’t talked to me yet to tell their stories. But the moment they do, I don’t stop until their story is done. Usually. At the moment though, I find myself writing outlines. It still counts, though it’s not as exciting.

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Everything She Ever Wanted

She’s smart, independent, and heartbroken. He’s gorgeous, a bit rough around the edges, and too young. 

But when a scheduling mistake lands a heartbroken doctor and a cocky woodworker in the same place at the same time, can their fling turn into the real thing? 

When her husband leaves her for a younger woman, 40-year-old surgeon Harlow James finds herself without family and friends, and barely a career. So she trades the bright lights of New York for the open road and ends up at the Pearl, a sustainable Earthship outside of Taos, New Mexico where she hopes to find out where she went wrong.

For 27-year-old master woodworker, Dax Drexel, the Pearl is where he retreats from the world to design his award-winning furniture. Unfortunately, he got his dates wrong for the Pearl’s already got an occupant and she’s currently passed out on his bed, naked. He really should mind his own business but he can’t, not when there’s a gun in the living room, next to a tear-stained note that begins with, “I’m sorry I failed you…”

Join Dax and Harlow in a journey that readers have called “heartfelt,” “riveting,” and “amazingly emotional.”


I was never into fairy tales.

But discovering a real live princess in my house at three in the morning when all I want to do is crash after a long drive from Flagstaff reminds me of the story of the three bears and that blonde chick who breaks into their pad, eats all their food, and sleeps in their beds, too.  Just like the one that’s in mine right now.

At first, I was afraid she was dead, but the gentle rise and fall of her chest told me that she was just passed out, probably from the half-empty bottle of Bordeaux in the living room that she must have enjoyed all by herself for there was only one wine glass next to it.  But of all the wines she had to pick from the cellar, it had to be the 2005 Château Lafite-Rothschild Bordeaux I had been saving for a special occasion.  Two grand down the drain, courtesy of Goldi-fucking-locks here, who’s not only passed out cold, but she’s also naked.

Thank her lucky stars the sheets cover her hips, though it doesn’t cover her torso, her gorgeous full breasts on full display. I have to stop and stare for a few seconds even though my mind tells me to look away.  I’m a man, after all, and not a dead one at that.  And her tits are real, not those fake ones that I see all the time just about everywhere. I adjust myself before walking out of the room and shut the bedroom door quietly behind me.  Just because I own the place doesn’t mean I can crash it anytime I want, and certainly not with Goldilocks snoring on my bed.

Once in the living room, I pull out my phone and scan my calendar. Did I agree to have the place rented out this month? My calendar app appears on my phone screen, and the next three weeks are shaded in red to indicate that Nana did rent the place out at the last minute.  I check my text messages, and sure enough, she sent me a text message yesterday telling me that the new tenant had paid in cash. She even left a message on my voicemail. Too bad I didn’t check any of my messages because that would have certainly saved me a trip. But I’d been too busy the last two days finalizing custom orders.

I exhale and sit down on the couch, picking up the bottle of Bordeaux and taking a sip. I might as well find out what two grand tastes like.  I doubt she drank it straight from the bottle, so I’m not worried about cooties at all. And even if she did, that’s no big deal. The big deal is sitting right in front of me, sharing the same space with the wine and a jar of half-eaten fudge. A gun.


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Celebrating Seasoned Romance–Why?


This month, I’m featuring authors who write seasoned romance–stories with characters who are over 40 and finding a second or even a third or fourth chance at love. Way back in February 2012, as I was writing the first Women of Willow Bay novels, I wrote this blog and it feels just a relevant today as it did then. Let me know what you think.

I’m bugged. It seems that romance novels are the bailiwick of characters who are younger than 40. If 40 is the new 30 and 50 is the new 40, then how come romance after 50 isn’t sexy anymore? Well, folks, I’ve got big news–sexy is timeless.  Excuse me, but two words, Pierce Brosnan. Sean Connery? Jeff Bridges? Denzel Washington, anyone? Richard Gere? My husband? And as far as sexy women are concerned–want to talk about Susan Sarandon? Sophia Loren? Goldie Hawn? Helen Mirren? Tina Turner? Me? (Sorry, I couldn’t resist!)

Hollywood is beginning to get it. I thoroughly enjoyed the film Something”s Gotta Give—a love story between two people well over age 50. Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson totally rocked that delightful movie. It’s Complicated showed us Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, and Steve Martin as grown-ups in a love story that was fun and sexy. Streep and Stanley Tucci recreated the romance between Julia and Paul Child—an older couple madly in love—in Julie and Julia.

So what’s up with the world of romance novels? Why is it that if you’re a woman of a certain age, then nobody wants to read about your love life? All of us Boomers are still falling in love, rediscovering love, renewing love, and by God, we’re still having sex and probably doing it with way more panache. So why are most romance novels about young women and men in their twenties and thirties?

A few years ago, Harlequin nailed it with their NEXT imprint, but it didn’t make it, and I’m not sure why. Maybe we weren’t ready then, but I believe we’re ready now.  I’m ready for romance with a dash of maturity, two people involved in a relationship without all the nonsense of youth. I want conversations between grown-ups who are over the drama of coming-of-age and meet on the level playing field of self-knowledge.  I’m looking for sensual sexy love scenes written with that irresistible combination of  humor, passion, and life experience.

Baby Boomers, as writers and readers,  let’s put the romance world on notice—we’re here, we’re in love, we’re making love, and our stories are worth telling. Who’s in?

We’re doing better these six years later, more authors are writing stories with seasoned characters and more readers are clamoring for them. I’m thrilled because seriously, ya think these two old folks aren’t still having the time of their lives together?

Oh, hey, if you’ve read this far, please buzz by the JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER contest and cast your vote for SAVING SARAH. I’d sure appreciate it!

Have a great day, everyone!

Celebrating Seasoned Romance: Kathleen Lawless


I was delighted to be able to sit down for a chat with romance author, Kathleen Lawless, who told me her earliest memories are of wanting to be a writer. To create stories that would touch the lives of others who love to read the way she does.

She said, “I’m working on my 24th novel and it’s amazing to see the changes in traditional publishing, including e-books and the opportunities writers have to interact with their readers.” She enjoys pushing the boundaries of traditional romance, romantic suspense, women’s fiction, and stories for young adults.

Kathleen also knows firsthand about happy endings. “Can you believe I wrote A Hard Man to Love with a hero named Steele, years before I met my own hero named Steel? His proposal to me on a remote island in the Caribbean was more romantic than anything I could have written about.”

Her books have garnered numerous awards including Romantic Times K.I.S.S., a Scarlett Letter, and a Golden Quill, along with rave reviews, such as:

“…The story is fresh…The dialogue snappy and unique.” Romance Junkies

“HIGHLY ENTERTAINING… Imagine Nancy Drew meets Sex in the City!” Roundtable Reviews

“…Lawless weaves romance, intrigue, and excitement into an impressive tapestry.”

Romance Reviews Today

“An amusing, spirited, adventurous tale.” Romantic Times

I hope you enjoy our conversation as much as I did!

NAN: Tell us what you are currently working on or promoting.

KATHLEEN: Since the topic is seasoned romance, I thought I’d talk about my recent novel which is a bit of a departure for me, Fabulous at Fifty. I took the chance that I’m not the only baby boomer out there who is tired of reading about a heroine just starting her adult life and finding out who she is. Like my heroine Rachel Fontaine, women are constantly re-inventing themselves during every aspect of life. Rachel’s situation is an interesting one that I think a lot of readers will be able to relate to. I hope readers find Rachel inspiring and empowering.

NAN: What genre(s) do you write in?

KATHLEEN: I write both historical and contemporary romance, dabble in a bit of romantic suspense, enjoy pushing the envelope into “romantica” which is very sexy romance without being erotica, and have one YA out there. I’ve also written extensively for magazines including Cosmopolitan and Teen.

NAN: Do you have an agent and/or publisher, or are you self-published?

KATHLEEN: I have worked with a wonderful agent at Curtis Brown and been fortunate to write for HarperCollins, Simon and Schuster, Kensington and Harlequin. I knew traditional publishers wouldn’t be interested in a fifty year old heroine, so FABULOUS AT FIFTY is self-published, along with several of my older titles that are no longer in print.

NAN: What advice would you give to an aspiring author?

KATHLEEN: Network, network, network. Join professional writing organizations, take courses and webinars, attend conferences and seminars. Writers are the most generous professionals when it comes to sharing and helping others; you will learn far more that way than from any how-to book or article.

NAN: If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

KATHLEEN: To join RWA the second the group was formed. I heard about it from an agent and mistakenly thought it was something I should join after I was published. My biggest regret is not joining earlier. The group has changed a lot over the years, but back in the day it was life-changing for a lot of authors.

NAN: Is there an idea out there you wish you’d thought of?

KATHLEEN: Absolutely! I wish I had written Bridget Jones’s Diary. That story was fresh and funny and women around the world related to Bridget. Chick-lit might have had its day since, but Bridget Jones will never go out of style. Wait till the millennials discover her!

NAN: Have you had to make sacrifices for your writing, and if so, what are they?

KATHLEEN: I’ve seen this with a lot of other writers and it’s something I have been very careful not to do. Balance is really important to me. To be the best writer I can be I need to exercise, to get enough sleep, to have girlfriend time, family time, ‘date time’ with my love, and most importantly ‘Me’ time. Keeping that balance is far more important than a clocking a certain number of words on the page every day, and sacrificing my health in the bargain.

NAN: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

KATHLEEN: As soon as I could put pencil to paper. Writers write, and I was always writing. Considering myself an author was a whole other matter. It was probably that magic day when I saw my first published novel in print at an RWA conference and joined the autograph party with the other “real writers.” I was no longer a “wannabe.”

What show have you recently binge-watched?

KATHLEEN: My fiancé and I recently inhaled the new season of Grace and Frankie. So refreshing to see an intelligent and brilliantly written, brilliantly acted show with the main characters well past middle age and still having a blast.

NAN: What question didn’t I ask that you wish I had?

KATHLEEN: Why Romance? I’m a born romantic who believes in Happy-Ever-After. I also believe romance novels fulfill a very real need of empowering women everywhere. They tackle topics that are often difficult, and not that long ago rarely talked about, let alone written about. Today’s romance heroine is strong and independent and capable, a great role-model for future generations. She doesn’t sacrifice herself for love, she doesn’t need a man to complete her, but with the support of her one true love is able to channel her powers for the betterment of society. Also, studies show that women who read romance novels have a far more satisfying love life.

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Fabulous at Fifty

Rachel Fontaine has it all! Or so she thinks, facing down the dragon that is the big 5-0.

Then the unimaginable happens. Her job is made redundant; her role taken over by two millennial wonderkids. Seeking solace from her boyfriend, she finds him paying much-too-much attention to a young pupil at the golf course where he is the pro. Apparently it is start-over time yet again. But Rachel is a fighter. She has her daughter. She has her friends. She deals with her mother. And her ex-husband.

In the midst of her re-invention and re-evaluation she becomes a grandmother. Forced to view herself and those around her through newly-opened eyes, she works her way through a succession of lovers, while not getting emotionally attached. Eventually, beset by laughter and tears, friends and foe, betrayal and forgiveness, Rachel lets down her safe barriers as she learns to love and accept herself and those around her. Finally she is ready for her close-up.




Rachel sat very still in the reclining chair, trying not to flinch as the doctor inserted a needle into the ‘frown muscle’ between her eyebrows. Fifty units of Botox, her 50th birthday gift to herself. Would the tiny vial of magic really live up to its promise of eternal youth?

Rachel squinted into the mirror, then leaned closer, eyebrow pencil poised for a direct hit. How unfair the way some body hair thinned while other hairs grew fast and thick in places no one wanted them. She’d promised herself she wouldn’t freak about her birthday. It was only a number. Fifty was now the new forty, or so the advertisers would have you believe. Nothing wrong with marketing. So what if she was no longer ‘the babe’, turning heads when she walked into a room. She had a great job, a wonderful daughter and a nice boyfriend, not to mention her health. So much to be grateful for. She squinted again. Were her forehead muscles frozen, as promised?

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Celebrating Seasoned Romance: Jan Scarbrough


I had such a great time celebrating Indiana Romance Authors last month that I decided to ask some of my fellow writers of seasoned romance to stop by. So all during the month of February, I’m featuring authors who primarily write novels about characters in the prime of life.

First up is Jan Scarbrough, who is the author of two popular Bluegrass series, and writes heartwarming contemporary romances about home and family, single moms and children, and if the plot allows, about another passion—horses. Living in the horse country of Kentucky makes it easy for Jan to add small town, Southern charm to her books and the excitement of a Bluegrass horse race or a competitive horse show.

With author Maddie James, Jan has written the Montana McKenna series, the story of the family of James McKenna, a Montana rancher whose death changes the lives of his wife and children.

Leaving her contemporary voice behind, Jan has written paranormal gothic romances, Timeless and Tangled Memories, a Romance Writers of America (RWA) Golden Heart finalist. Her newest book, My Lord Raven, is a medieval story of honor and betrayal.

A member of Novelist, Inc., she has published with Kensington, Five Star, ImaJinn Books, Resplendence Publishing, and Turquoise Morning Press. Today she self-publishes her books with the help of her husband. She lives in Louisville, Kentucky, with two rescued dogs, one rescued cat, and a husband she rescued seventeen years ago. She needs a weekly horse fix and takes horseback riding lessons at Premier Stables.

You’ll find Jan on social media and on her website:

Twitter @romancerider

Take it away, Jan!

A heroine doesn’t have to be twenty-something any longer

Sometimes books take many paths to publication. And sometimes you just have to write what you want to write.

I wrote the novel Secrets a few years ago, choosing to explore a romance about a woman caught between the past and her desire to create a new life for herself. She would deal with her grown, twenty-something daughter, and her sixty-something mother—a sandwich story.

My intent was to submit the manuscript to a traditional publisher, but I was advised by another published author that this publisher did not like forty-year-old heroines. Huh? So, I wrote the book anyway, and I titled it A Father at Last. A small press published it. Well, I do read my reviews, and when one reader said the title gave too much away, I changed the book to Secrets.

Flash forward. The small press went out of business. I got my rights back. By that time, I’d learned books do better in a series. I decided to make Secrets part of a new series called Bluegrass Homecoming where I explore my favorite theme of second chances.

I figured I needed a lead-in story, sort of a prequel to the reunion story in Secrets. So, I wrote the love story of baby boomers Howie and Grace. Ta-da! The Prequel was born. Their granddaughter Colleen takes center stage in the third book, Nom de Plume.

And you know what is so ironic? Since the time several years ago when I wanted to write about a forty-something heroine, “seasoned” romance has come into wider acceptance.

What about you? Will you read a romance about an “older” heroine?

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Celebrating Indiana Romance Authors: Mary Gardner


It’s the last day of my January celebration of Indiana Romance Authors, so it seems appropriate to end the month with an budding author–Mary Gardner. Mary is as yet unpublished, but she’s doing all the right things to move her career in that direction. Mary wears many hats as a Christian, mother, grandmother, writer, reader, and manager of her homeowner’s association. She writes romance and romantic women’s fiction with small town settings. Although she is not yet published, she has been a finalist in several contests and won her category in a few. She was a 2007 RWA Golden Hearts finalist and the 2nd runner up in the 2008 – Harlequin Superromance® Conflict of Interest Contest. Mary is a member of RWA and is a RWA PRO. She lives with her cat near her family in a small town in Indiana.

NAN: Mary, I’m so glad you could stop by today. Tell us what you are currently working on or promoting.

MARY: Thanks for having me, Nan. Currently I’m finishing Missing for the Christian/Clean Reads market.  I am also working to build my platform and mailing list. Since I don’t have a book to give away, I’m holding a monthly contest and giving away books by authors I know and/or whose work I have enjoyed reading.

NAN: What genre(s) do you write in?

MARY: I write Christian Contemporary Romantic Women’s Fiction.  If I had to break down the blend of that genre I’d say 60% romance and 40% women’s fiction. I like the freedom of adding other character’s POVs and telling their stories as well as the romance.

NAN: Do you have an agent and/or publisher, or are you self-published?

MARY: I have always wanted to be traditionally published.  In December, I signed with Cyle Young who is an Agent at Hartline Literary Agency LLC.  I am working with him and Bethany Morehead, his Jr. Agent.  They are currently sending my proposal for Missing to publishers.

NAN: What advice would you give to an aspiring author?

MARY: Follow your own vision when it comes to your writing. That doesn’t mean you may not have to revise, but don’t follow a trend or base your writing on what someone else thinks you should do. There are plenty of writers and nonwriters, who mean well, but can steer you down wrong paths. Be careful about the advice you take.

NAN: If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

MARY: Be confident in yourself. Invest in yourself without feeling guilty about the money you need to spend. Don’t let others put you down because of your interests. Don’t try to make your writing fit into a genre that you aren’t comfortable writing. Learn as much as you can about writing, by whatever means you have available to you. Read books on writing. Read even more books in a variety of fiction genres with an eye for what works in fiction and especially for what you like. Never sell out by writing to a market or publishing path that is working for someone else because it might not be right for you.

NAN: What great advice, Mary! Is there a theme/message underlying your book(s) that you hope comes across?

MARY: All of my books have an underlying theme of love, trust, hope, forgiveness, and honesty.

NAN: How do you keep sane as a writer? 

MARY: Hmmm.  No one has ever accused me of being sane.  I think when you spend time with your character’s voices in your head the definition of sane becomes something different to a writer than those who do not write.  I had a period of time in my life when my characters were not talking to me and I didn’t feel sane. During that time, I felt lost and sad because my friends had left me. I am grateful to have them back, even though I wish they’d let me sleep a little longer some mornings.

NAN: Would you rather have one giant bestseller or a long string of moderate sellers?

MARY: I don’t believe there is a writer who doesn’t want a giant bestseller, but one book doesn’t make a career. If I am to be totally honest, I want a string of giant bestsellers. Since I know how rare that is, I’d be happy to have a long string of moderate sellers.

NAN: Do you think a writer should write every day?

MARY: I think a writer should write the way it works best for them.  There isn’t a right or wrong answer. If you write every day and that works for you that’s great. If you binge write on the weekend and it works for you that’s great too.  It’s not about how often you write, it’s that you write.

NAN: What do you do in your spare time?

MARY: I spend time with family, granddaughters.  I read, and watch tv.

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Excerpt from Missing

“Ladies and gentleman, it gives me great pleasure to introduce you to South Dakota’s newest lottery winner, Maddy Parker.”

Maddy had never been to a press conference. She didn’t like having the media attention directed at her. With her heart racing, perspiration dampened her face. She didn’t need a mirror to know red blotches were popping out on her neck, they felt like branding irons pressed against her skin.

The lottery director turned to her. “I’d like to present you with this ceremonial check for two hundred fifty-three million, two hundred eighty-five thousand dollars.”

Fastening her fingers on the edge of the lightweight, oversized check, she tried to inhale normal but she felt a light headed.

Her ticket numbers had matched the winning numbers but it still didn’t feel real.

She glanced around expecting someone to rush out to claim there had been a mistake, but no one came forward.

Two weeks ago, her life had been normal. Living in the small town of Cartersville, South Dakota, real excitement didn’t happen. Every Saturday, whether she needed gas or not, she stopped at Quick’s Convenient Store and bought one lottery ticket. Each time Sara, the weekend clerk, tried to talk her into buying two and they’d joked about her ticket being the winner.

Buying a lottery ticket was as much fun as anyone could have in Cartersville unless you went to one of the two bars in town. Since Maddy didn’t drink, buying her lottery ticket, ordering a pizza, and renting a movie had been her weekend fun after coming back to her hometown to teach third grade in the Cartersville Community School. She followed her wild Saturday night with a quiet Sunday morning breakfast, a church service with Jim, and checked her lottery numbers on the internet to see if she won a free ticket.

Winning the big lottery happened to other people. People like her dreamed about what they’d do with the money. She never believed for one minute she’d ever win and was unprepared when all of her numbers matched.

Thinking there had been a misprint, she’d driven to Quick’s Convenient Store and asked them to print out the winning numbers for her. When they matched too, she rushed to the City Police Station where she’d hoped Jim House would be in his office. As the Chief of Police with a small staff, he didn’t take much time off on weekends.

She’d lived next door to Jim as long as she could remember. Over the years he’d become more father than friend. He’d been the first person she wanted to share her news with and the person she trusted to help her figure out what she needed to do to cash in her ticket. He’d never let her down. He didn’t this time either. Jim not only helped her figure everything out, he’d driven her the three hours to the lottery headquarters in Pierre.

“What do you plan to do with your winning?” The lottery director asked.

“I think I’ll take a vacation.” She forced a smile.

“Do you plan to quit your job?” a reported shouted.

“Not right away.” she said.

Except it wasn’t quite true.     While she didn’t have a real plan, once her adoptive family realized she’d told them the truth about winning the multi-dollar lottery, she’d have to move if she wanted peace.

Sharing her wealth with them wasn’t the problem. Nothing short of giving them all of the money would make them happy, especially her mother.

Leaving Jim behind in Cartersville would be hard.

She hadn’t told him yet, but he knew. She’d seen it in his face. His smile had been forced when she came out of the camera light toward him.

Maybe they could talk about it on their drive back home.


Celebrating Indiana Romance Authors: Melanie Jayne


I’m pleased to welcome my IRWA chapter buddy, Melanie Jayne, today. Melanie tells me she doesn’t know what she wants to be when and if she ever grows up. She’s worked retail, recorded hearings in a Federal Courtroom, worked behind the scenes with security at a casino, and currently she is living her dream writing Romance.

She plots and plans from her farm in central Indiana that she shares with her husband and two mastiffs, Ginger and Duncan Keith. When she isn’t creating she can be found watching sports, searching for the perfect mascara and reading. She also loves questionable TV: Any Real Housewives, The Steve Wilkos Show, and Live PD. Plus she is addicted to the TMZ app on her phone.

NAN: So glad to have you, Melanie!

MELANIE: Hi Nan and Nan’s fans.

Thank you so much for inviting me to introduce myself to your readers. I’m Melanie Jayne and I write contemporary romance featuring characters over the age of 35. I published my first book in March 2015 and just finished my eleventh. I love to meet readers. I attend many conferences and signings. Please take a moment to introduce yourself and tell me what you are currently reading.

And by the way, Nan and I are country neighbors and I wave at her house every time I drive by.

NAN: Tell us what you are currently promoting?

MELANIE: On February 27, my fifth book in The Change Series, A Change of Plan will be released.

This book took me by surprise. Osi had about six lines in Best. I admit that they were good and they came at a dramatic time but he was a minor character. However, readers responded. I kept getting questions about when would he get his book? With a character as great as Osi and his love, Ramsay, it was easy to write.

NAN: What sets you apart from other authors in your genre?

In the beginning, I wanted to be a “cool girl” erotic romance author like the majority of my author friends. I tried but I couldn’t do it. So I read Jill Shalvis and The Queen, Kristen Ashley, and tried to emulate their style.

My characters are older. I think the correct classification is Seasoned Romance. Many of my ladies are size 16 and larger and unapologetic about it. They tend to have the attitude that they are bigger by current standards, but their clothes size is way down on their priority list.

My characters are diverse. I have written African-American characters, Latino characters, and this fall I will publish my first m/m that features an African-American and Latino males.

I write what I know, what I see, and what I want to read. My world is made up of different people and so are my books.

NAN: What advice would you give to an aspiring author?

MELANIE: Today, is the day where you begin to make your dream come true.

I published my first book at 51. Sit your butt down, grab your laptop, and write. For me, learning to sit and write without thinking of a hundred things that I should be doing was difficult. Just do it.

And if you need encouragement, you can always contact me. I was a cheerleader in high school.

NAN: Is there a theme/message underlying your books that you hope comes across?

MELANIE: Yes. If you don’t keep moving forward, then you will be left behind. My books are very pro-women taking charge and making changes. If you don’t like it, then do something about it.

I’m a problem solver so it makes me crazy when someone complains and complains, yet does nothing different.

NAN: How do you keep sane as a writer?

MELANIE: Sanity is so overrated and I have learned that Romance writers can be high maintenance. My husband is very down to earth so he keeps me grounded. My Admanistrative assistant, David, listens to my complaints and fears and then rolls his eyes or tells me “enough.” I make it a practice to talk to non-writers, and I’m not counting the dogs, I mean humans. I try to leave the house although during the recent bitter cold snap I was home for 8 days straight.

NAN: What obstacles, if any, have you encountered in being a writer?

MELANIE: I came into this business with my eyes wide open. I’d been around Romance writers for several years and asked questions. Plus, I’ve seen my share of bad behavior, shade throwing, snubs, whispers, the silent game of “who’s the top-ranked author at my table?” But I wasn’t prepared for the quiet jealousy that I’ve encountered.

Now keep in mind I’m not a huge seller. I’m not even mid-list so I was shocked that others, especially one “friend” who was on the same journey as me, were showing signs of jealousy—OF ME?? I’m plodding along minding my own business, when I started hearing some things from trusted people.

It hurt and was confusing but I didn’t engage. (Am I too old to quote a Taylor Swift song?) I remind myself that I can’t control how other people choose to behave so I ignore it. I try to focus on the positive and be positive. That doesn’t mean that I don’t know what’s happening, I’m very aware but my time is better spent doing other things.

NAN: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

MELANIE: Getting the alert when my first book was available for sale was exciting and fulfilling. However, I felt established like a real author last June. While at a reader event, three different women were reading my book, Best. They would find me and discuss a scene they had just read. I loved seeing their responses and connection to my characters. It was amazing and made me so joyful.

NAN: What is the hardest thing about writing a series?

MELANIE: Get out of my head! I’ve been having this conversation with the Manny since November.

Keeping track of names. **New authors make a book bible even if you don’t intend for your book to become a series.

Moving the series forward as you focus on each couple. It’s a circle within a circle.

Deciding how much to put in about the other characters. Plus writing a scene with six people is hard.

Figuring out when to stop. We’ve all loved a series that went on too long. I’ve done a trilogy and The Change Series has three more books and two novellas and that’s it.

NAN: What five words would you use to describe yourself?

MELANIE: -Leo- look up the characteristics and my photo is there.

Opinionated- Guilty, but I am willing to learn.

Selfish- I make every decision from the place of “me.”

Loyal— I don’t give it easily, but once you are on my list, I’ve got your back. I’m a ride or die kind of chick.

Entertaining—I can tell a joke, dance, gossip, and break it down if needed. You can find me in the middle of the fun.

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Change of Plan

It was supposed to be casual. I never wanted a relationship but I keep coming back for more. When Osi Browne looks at me, I know that he is waiting for the right moment to demand my surrender so I take off.

Ramsay Kent is elusive and I enjoy the chase, but I’m tired of waiting. The woman has a life plan but mine is better for her, me and for us.

The lovers are resourceful, successful, and very stubborn. Who will give in first?



“Five, four, three, two, one, Happy New Year!” The party guests counted down in unison.

I already had one arm draped around Ramsay’s slender waist. She allowed me to roll her into my body so that we were touching from chest to pelvis as I kissed her long and hard. “Better than last year’s.” I grinned.

She pulled away from me and gave me a haughty look, raising one eyebrow. “What’s that supposed to mean?”

I didn’t loosen my hold. God, she’d lost weight working so hard on, first, Tye and Billie’s wedding, then Cress and Brian’s, and finally this annual extravaganza. I could feel the knobby bones along her spine. “Last year, I had to track you down for my kiss. This year, you’re by my side.” Where you belong, I added silently. Ramsay Kent was an elusive woman. Although we’d been involved to some degree for over a year, we’d yet to make our relationship official. But I’m a patient man. One of the reasons I’m good at what I do. With Ramsay, I could settle in and wait a while longer.

“Well, I suppose kissing you is better than making out with some random guy.” She turned her head to look around at the other party guests, her green eyes narrowing as though to assess their kissability.

I gave her a hot glare. “Not going to work, Ramses.”

“What?” She drew her eyebrows together in confusion, as if she didn’t know what she was doing.

“You aren’t going to push me away or make me mad. Not tonight,” I said, resolution ringing in my words.

A hint of something like panic entered her gaze. “I’m working… I don’t know what time I’ll get out of here tonight, er, this morning.”

I shrugged, pretending I didn’t see her fear. “It’s not a problem. You know I like to watch you work.”

One side of her mouth hitched upward in consternation. I could almost see her plotting a way to make me go. Before she could blurt out something I didn’t want to hear, I bent toward her. “If I get bored, I’ll head back to my place and send a car to bring you home.” Of course, I wouldn’t get bored. I got off on watching her run the show. Ramsay in command was a thing of beauty. She could multi-task as well as any military strategist—make that better. Handling the rest of this party would be a breeze for her, just like breaking down and reassembling my rifle was second nature to me.

A faint line appeared between her eyebrows. “Are you sure?”

I placed a light kiss on her vibrant red lips, not caring if I now wore the same color. “Go make someone miserable.”

“Asshole.” She snorted as she fought a smile.

“Shouldn’t they be putting out the food?” I asked innocently.

“Shit,” she hissed and spun around on her three-inch heels. “I’m seriously considering cutting the gratuity Tye left for them.” She took off in the direction of the kitchen. Perhaps it was the way her long legs ate up the ground or the red tint to her hair, the guests moved out of her way.

I was admiring the sway of her ass encased in some kind of silky material that was as sleek as her naked body, when I heard my name being called.

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**All books in this series can be read as standalones!

Celebrating Indiana Romance Authors: Ravenna Tate


Today’s featured author is Ravenna Tate–another Indiana author that I haven’t met yet. I’m hoping I will meet her at the next IRWA meeting! Ravenna lives in the Midwest where it’s cold six months out of the year, but inside her stories you’ll find plenty of heat. The sex is hot, the men are alpha, and the women give them a run for their money. We had a fun interview together, and she has inspired me to start watching Game of Thrones.

NAN: Tell us what you are currently working on or promoting.

 RAVENNA: The sixth and last book in my Demons on Wheels MC series – Vassago’s Reckoning – released this Wednesday. The Demons on Wheels MC series was my foray into writing MC – motorcycle club – romance. These are generally one percenters, meaning they’re outlaws, rogue, or a club that stays outside the fringes of society.

NAN: What genre(s) do you write in?

RAVENNA: I write erotic romance for Evernight, mostly contemporary, but I’ve also written sci-fi and paranormal (shifters). Within those sub-genres I write lawless, MC romance, and dark romance as well.

NAN: Do you have an agent and/or publisher, or are you self-published?

RAVENNA: I currently write for Evernight as Ravenna Tate, but also have titles under the pen name Tara Rose with Siren-Bookstrand.

NAN: What advice would you give to an aspiring author?

RAVENNA: Learn your craft. That is the number one rule. Followed closely by learn the industry and the market you intend to write for. Without those two, you’re stabbing in the dark. After that, keep learning both. This is a business. And if you don’t treat it as such, you will never be successful in it. Just as you’d learn all you could about any field in which you chose to work, you must give the same care and consideration to the publishing industry, even if you decide to self-publish. And then write. Every day. Writers write. You can research and read about writing, but none of that will get the book from your head onto the paper. You have to do the work.

NAN: Have you had to make sacrifices for your writing, and if so, what are they?

RAVENNA: I still work a full time job outside the home. I’m up every morning during the week at 4:00 a.m. to get my promo done, and sneak in some writing. I write on my breaks at work. I write on weekends, usually all day long. We make time for the things we love, and right now, I can’t do this full time, so I make it my priority during off-work hours at the day job.

NAN: What obstacles, if any, have you encountered in being a writer?

RAVENNA: Romance is the number one selling genre and has been for over fifty years, and yet there is still a stigma attached to it. And erotic romance, especially. I’ve had people tell me I write porn. I have had 96 titles published under three pen names, and I still have people ask me when I’m going to write a real book. And unfortunately, sometimes it’s other authors who throw up obstacles by behaving in ways that bring us all down. Because when one of us wins, we all do, and when one of us makes an ass of herself or himself, it reflects on the entire community.

NAN: What do you like best/least about writing?

RAVENNA: Least: I need more time!

Best: Everything else. I adore it. I love creating worlds and characters to fill it. I love crafting a story, and I love it when those characters tell me where their story should go. I can’t imagine not doing this.

NAN: Did you learn anything from writing your books, and what was it?

RAVENNA: I learn something new from every single book I write. Whether it’s a craft issue, a better way to convey something to the readers, or a new twist on an old trope. This is not a profession where you arrive one day and are THERE. You constantly evolve and grow as a writer.

NAN: What show have you recently binge-watched?

RAVENNA: Game of Thrones! And now I’m waiting impatiently for the last season to arrive!

You’ll find Ravenna and her books all over social media:


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Vassago’s Reckoning

Jimmy Vaccaro, the Demons on Wheels MC Treasurer known as Vassago, hasn’t seen Marie Vitale for nineteen years. When she shows up unexpectedly in Creek Ridge with Digger, Vassago is hit by the Thunderbolt. Marie was only 11 the last time he saw her, but she’s all grown up now, and Vassago must have her, no matter the cost.

Digger and Vassago have plans to take care of rival Mob boss Roberto di Stefano on their own. But when the real reason Marie tagged along with Digger from Brooklyn is revealed, it throws the entire MC club into danger, and puts a major kink in Vassago’s plans.

Marie worshiped Vassago from afar when she was younger. But once he discovers the mess she left back home, she’s convinced she will never be more to him than a casual fling. And that’s if he survives the danger she brought along.


Jimmy Vaccaro, known to his Demons on Wheels MC Brothers as Vassago, believed in the Thunderbolt—the Colpo di fulmine—as much as any Sicilian man did. But when it hit him, he was as shocked as if the sky suddenly turned orange and collapsed on itself.

“Jimmy? Is that really you?” Marie Vitale had been an eleven-year-old kid when he left Brooklyn. He hadn’t laid eyes on her in nineteen years, not since he was twenty-three. But there she stood, next to Digger, all grown up and so drop-dead gorgeous he struggled to speak.

“Yep. It’s me.” That’s all you can say?

“You look the same. I swear to God you do. All these years and you haven’t aged.”

Digger snorted. “Yeah, he has. He looks like crap now.”

“Ignore him, Jimmy. He’s been in a bad mood since we left Jersey.”

“I’m known as Vassago around here.” What the hell did she care about his road name?

Her amused smile lit up the entire back hallway. “I’m still gonna call you Jimmy.”

Digger mumbled something under his breath that sounded suspiciously like an insult in Italian. Behind Marie and Digger, Gorgon and Phenex exchanged an amused glance.

Marie shot Digger a nasty look. “Your cousin once removed has been that rude to me this entire trip.”

Digger, whose real name was Daniel Basile, was Donny Messina’s nephew, and Vassago and Donny were first cousins. Did that make Digger his cousin once removed? No clue and who cares. There was no blood in Vassago’s brain right now, so for all he knew, it made Digger his grandfather.



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