Nan Reinhardt, Author

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Day 19: Gratitude and a Great Retreat

September19

Well, we’re back from retreat–Liz is at home and I’m back at the lake. Our trip was fantastic, mostly because we travel so well together, never seem to run out of things to talk about, and yet, enjoy companionable silences. Our condo was lovely and Grand Haven was, well, grand. 😉 We both got done what we wanted to get done and that felt wonderful!

Holland, MI

Today, our drive home went along the Lake Michigan coast until we got to St. Joseph. We caught glimpses of the lake as we drove along the Blue Star highway, stopping in Saugatuck for breakfast and Holland to watch a schooner make it’s way out into the lake. Every time we stopped to see the water, I thought of my mom, got a little lump in my throat, and wished like crazy that Lizzie could’ve met her and that we could’ve stayed another few days.

But life called us home and it was very good to see Husband and friend Moe and the lake. Time to settle back into what is currently my normal. I’ll be back to work on my editing gigs tomorrow–taking care of business stuff and working, probably on Son’s screened porch because it’s a lovely spot and I get a lot done there. However, I will have my sweet memories of this writing trip to warm me and Liz and I will be back on Gchat in the morning as usual.

We do have a couple of fun events coming along as September comes to a close. On Sunday, September 22, Liz and I will be speaking at the Logansport library, so if you’re int he area around 2 pm, stop by. We’d love to see. Then, next Sunday, September 29, we’ll be at the Wine and Wheels car show at Whyte Horse Winery here in Monticello. It’ll be a fun day of wine and hot rods and book signing. Stop by! In between those Sunday events, I’ve got a birthday to celebrate with my sis! We both turn a year older this week.

We’ll be there, will you?

Gratitude for today:
Another amazing writing trip with my bestie
Lake Michigan, always and eternally
Hugs from Husband–I missed his arms around me
Safe driving as we traveled
A new laptop–mine aged into recalcitrance and I wasn’t in a place to try to deal with it, so I got a new one. Same brand, newer model. So far, I’m liking it.

~Nan~

Day 18: Gratitude on Our Last Day of Retreat

September18
Our lunch view today

What a grand time this has been, although if you asked me to list all that we did, pretty much the list would be we wrote, we revised, we processed and brainstormed writing and revisions, and we ate. It wasn’t a touristy trip at all–we mostly stayed in our condo and did what we came up to do and for that, I’m very glad because yesterday around 6 pm, Liz shut her computer and said, “It’s finished” about her Christmas Town story. Today, sometime around 4 pm, I finally sent the revisions on Aidan and Holly’s book back to my editor. We did it! I’m so delighted to be celebrating our success that I’m going to pour another glass of wine and turn this over to Lizzie for a bit.

LIZ: It’s our last night on the road. We had a great dinner and came back to the condo to work on our presentation at the Logansport Library on Sunday afternoon. We’re talking about writing in retirement, and these past four days have been one of the best things about it. Not only do we get good friendship time, we get great writing time, too. And a considerable amount of great food!

Nan: So, the food thing; Yeah. So many great restaurants on this trip and even a couple of fun nights just snacking around here in our temporary home. We’ve had fish tacos, a new take on BLTs, amazing salads, corn chowder, tomato basil soup, and did I mention some good wine? There was also ice cream and fudge because after all this is Michigan. But it was all served against the backdrop of the lake, which somehow makes everything taste better.

Grand Haven lighthouse

Liz: I’ve loved this trip, as I always do, but I also miss the music guy. I’ll be glad to see him. He doesn’t listen as well as Nan, but I’ll be glad to talk to him face-to-face anyway. I also love that it’s been productive, that we’ve both finished projects we needed to put behind us so we can go on to other things.

Nan: I know what you mean, Liz. I’ve missed the beardy man and it’s so good to get book 3 put to bed, so I can start on book 4 and focus on my editing gigs. I’m also ready to get really serious about the house hunting…

Liz: Looking forward to our next trip, Nan. Do you think P.E.I is ready for us?

Nan: Well, I think P.E.I better start girding its collective loins because this winter, we’re going to plan our next exciting writing adventure! Thanks everyone who came along on this one! Sure enjoyed having you with us!

We’re headed home tomorrow–all of you, remember to be hold your face to the sun, be grateful for all things, and love well.

~Nan~ & ~Liz~

Day 17: Gratitude Michigan Style

September17
Sunset at Lake Michigan

It’s been a long day of revisions. I’m finally through that process although not without a lot of gnashing of teeth and tears. I wish I could tell you I’m being dramatic, but Liz will testify–it was arduous. However, she was throwing around terms like drama queen and big baby. Tomorrow, will be a final run-through edit and then it goes back to my editor. Liz finished the rough draft of her Christmas Town story with very little teeth-gnashing and no tears at all. We also have to spend some time talking about our library presentation that’s coming on Sunday. We do think we should try to prepare something that’s at least mildly entertaining.

We treated ourselves to shampoos and blowouts to celebrate and wonder of wonders, have gone an entire day without wine. Just never got to it, I guess. We’ll probably fix that tomorrow. We ate supper at a cute place called the Paisley Pig Gastropub. Decent food and very nice server. Before supper, we made a quick trip to the public beach simply because I can’t imagine being in Grand Haven and not at least dipping my toes in Lake Michigan. It was amazing!

Gratitude for today:
Being able to put my toes in Lake Michigan
Spending time with Liz–we are so companionable!
Finishing revisions on Aidan and Holly’s book
Being pretty satisfied with the revisions on Aidan and Holly’s book
We still have one more full day here

~Nan~ & ~Liz~

Day 16: Gratitude with Liz

September16

A Sum of Its Parts

Hello! It’s Liz, hijacking Nan’s blog for today. It’s a glorious day in Michigan. The condo we’re in is walking distance from…everything. We’ve had great food, great ice cream, and a glass or two of wine, so it was good we walked.

The walk by the musical fountain in Grand Haven

Although I don’t have the heart link with Michigan that Nan has, I do love it here. The World Wranglers have been trash talking the past few days about the Dog Days Kristi’s suffering in Ohio (I’m not sure she likes us anymore 😊), but we’re in mellow weather here and it is good not only for the disposition but for the soul as well.

Our work here this week is important to the romance writer’s life. Nan’s putting some flowers in a few bare spots in her almost-ready-for-her-editor manuscript and I’m in the last chapter of this year’s Christmas Town story, which will be out in February. I think I spend as much time on the last chapter as I did the three before it put together, but I need for the close to be satisfying. A story is so very much more than the sum of its parts.

After those things are done, it will be fun time. She’ll work on the fourth Flaherty Brother story and I’ll…well, find a new place. A new beginning. As I’ve said before, just often enough to be annoying, the only page better than the last one is the first one.

As lovely as advances and royalties are, there are other payments for writing books that have incomparable value. Just a few of them are:

  • The blank page. As terrifying as it is, we get to fill it up. And if what we fill it up with is dreck, we get to hit “delete,” and do it all over again.
  • Writing “The End.” I don’t really write it anymore, but the end is there anyway, and it is a reward that rates right up there with bourbon butter pecan ice cream.
  • Having people be interested in what you do.
  • Taking trips with your BFF.
  • Brainstorming with said BFF, who NEVER tells you you’re an idiot who should give it up.
  • Reading things aloud to the person you share your life with and having him say it’s excellent. Absolutely. Whether he heard you or not.
  • Watching a couple walk down the sidewalk together and by the time they get to the corner, you’ve given them a story. And names. And a puppy.
  • More parts. Putting them all together until they are a jagged but complete sum.
  • The blank page. Yeah, I know I said it once, but it bears repeating.

Thanks for stopping by. Stop in and see Nan tomorrow—she’ll be glad to see you!

Day 15: Gratitude and We’re on Retreat!

September15
Our condo is great!

It’s been a great day! Liz and I set off this morning in the rain, which, while dampening our hair did not dampen our spirits! Although the rain made Liz’s hair get big and mine to droop, like the ears of a basset hound. However, that’s why God made hair clips, right?

We meandered up to Grand Haven. Took our time traveling through the the corn fields of Indiana and enjoyed a tour of the campus at Notre Dame in South Bend, which has changed a lot since the last time we were through. We took the back roads into Benton Harbor and realized that, even though lunch sounded good, it sounded good to everyone else in the town as well. Restaurants on the lake were crazy busy, so we opted to go farther north and ended up having lunch in St. Joseph at a fabulous little pub, where we ate outside and could see the lake.

Ahhh… when I see Lake Michigan, I feel like I’m home. It brings back so many fond memories of coming here with my mom. Funny, Liz said, “This really makes you think of your mom, doesn’t it?” Until she mentioned it, I didn’t realize how much Michigan is my mom for me.

We got back on the road, stopped in South Haven to hit a favorite winery of ours, and got to the condo where we’re staying around 5 or so. It’s delightful! Charming and roomy and in the perfect spot in Grand Haven because we can walk to wherever we want to go. We settled in and spent a little time on our computers, trying to write. We were both too wound up from traveling to do much, so we gave it up, hit the grocery store for supplies and then wandered down the street for supper.

Salads for supper.

Supper was delicious salads, then a walk around town as the sun finally set. Home again, we immediately changed into our jammies and took glasses of wine out to the deck. Lovely way to close out our first day here.

Gratitude for today:
A fun and great traveling companion in Liz
That first glimpse of Lake Michigan always warms my heart
The feeling of coming home
Perfect Michigan weather
Being on Retreat

More tomorrow! Rest well, mes amies, sweet dreams and be good to yourselves.
~Nan~ & ~Liz~

Day 14: Gratitude and We’re Off…

September15

It’s actually early morning of Day 15, but I’m calling this one Day 14 because I fell into bed yesterday after a long, long day of work and then a chili supper over at Son and DIL’s cottage. I got quite a bit done, so that was a good thing.

Son piled DIL and I into his bass boat and we took a quick spin around the lake before supper, which was quite lovely! Totally different boating experience than riding in Husband’s pontoon, but just as enjoyable. We’d all discussed swimming, but decided the lake was probably way too cold for Grandboy and actually for us, too, so the boat ride was some good time on the water instead of in it. The lake was the tiniest bit choppy from the breeze, but you could see the shad firing, looking like raindrops on the surface of the water.

Liz and I are headed out for our writing retreat in Michigan this morning–so very excited and glad to be making this trip. I think we both are ready for some time away from our lives and some intense writing time. I will be working on revisions to book 3 in the Four Irish Brothers Winery series and then on book 4. I also want to try to pull together some ideas I have for a romantic suspense or cozy and try to nail down a proposal for Tule. I’m not ready to start writing yet, but a story is brewing and I just have to see which side of the mystery fence I land on with it.

Gratitude for today:
Got plenty of work done yesterday
Beautiful breezy weather that made working by the open window a pleasure
Lovely boat ride
A new adventure with Liz starts today
Our cottage, which is rather a haven right now
Husband, Son, DIL, Grandboy — my family

I will be blogging our trip, along with my daily gratitude, so stop by and join us along the way, won’t you? In the meantime, mes amies, hold your face to the sun, be grateful for all things, and love well.

~Nan~

Days 12 & 13: Gratitude and Yes, I’m behind

September13

Do you remember me saying that I was determined to be grateful each day, even if the most I could say was that I was grateful the day was over? That’s where I was yesterday and instead of posting it, I let it slide. I’m glad I did because today is better and later last night, it was lovely because I got to put Grandboy to bed, read Dogman with him, and sing and cuddle until Mommy came home to tag-team with me.

Grandboy

There is such joy in being with that kid–and don’t get me wrong, he can be a royal PIA and sometimes stubborn and sometimes a real pill. But mostly, he’s sweet and funny and charming as heck. He has an innocence about him that I sorta hope he never loses, although I know that he will because life happens and you grow up and reality is there. But for now, his sweet wonder at the world warms my heart.

Ten things I’m grateful for:
Grandboy’s cuddles and hugs
The full moon tonight
How the temperature went from 92 in the city to a balmy mid-70s by the time we got to the lake today
Getting my nails done
Just one more day until Michigan with Lizzie
Seeing the Christmas covers that Lee Hyat is doing for Tule–so far, they are gorgeous!
A great freelancer luncheon–so good to see my colleagues and friends after being a hermit since April
My Black Dog Coffee thermal mug–it keeps coffee hot for hours
Stopping at R&M, the little grocery store at the lake–folks there are so friendly and they have the best apple butter!
Got to see sis and BIL today–fun! We dropped off Cub Scout popcorn and picked up fresh tomatoes and wine–not sure who came out ahead on that deal, but I think it was us.

I’m planning on blogging our writing retreat here, so be sure to come along to Grand Haven, Michigan, with us! We’d love for you to join us!

~Nan~

Days 10 & 11: Gratitude and Remembrance

September11

Gratitude for September 10 and 11:
Family
Friends
All the people in the country who serve the public
An enjoyable beer-30 with our lake pals last night
The Lake
I am able to work
Writing
Writing Retreat is just four days away
Going to see Grandboy tonight
Faith that our house is coming…

Day 9: Gratitude and Happy Birthday to Tule!

September9

It’s my publisher’s 6th birthday! Tule Publishing has officially released 600 books and been in business for six years! Here’s to many more years of publishing wonderful stories by lots of great authors (me, too!) and to me having a long career with Tule!

Well, no new houses to see, although our portal keeps getting new ones posted. Just not our house. We looked at two that were not our house, so I’ve decided to try to adopt a zen attitude–if it’s the right house, we will know it when we see it. I just can’t spend too much more time with a house-hunting knot in my stomach.

Edits on book 3 arrived and after a long talk with my editor, I stopped crying and started working on ways to develop Holly. She needs developing. So that is my mission for the next couple of weeks. Hold a good thought, okay?

Gratitude for today:
Oatmeal for breakfast
Lovely 3/4 moon tonight
Finished Kristin Higgins’s new book Life and Other Inconveniences–excellent read!
Saw a whole yard full of gladiolas today–they were exquisite!
Iced tea

Day 8: Gratitude and Brothers

September8
Brother, Nephew and Great-nephew

Okay, one brother–mine. He’s turning 64 today and I’ve already texted him a greeting, to which he responded, “Next birthday is 64A. Love you.” I love him, too, of course, and I am intrigued at the idea of switching to letters for birthdays. All in all, it sounds like a good system to me. Thoughts?

It’s a rainy day here at the lake–chilly and a little gloomy, but I’m working anyway, so who cares? I’m beginning to think that we may be done with swimming for this season and that makes me sad. I love to lake swim and right now, I don’t belong to a gym because we are between houses and I wasn’t sure where we would be living. I’m hoping whenever it is we get settled, I’ll find a nice gym with a pool so I can get back into a routine of swimming several times a week. I need water.

Gratitude for today:
Watching the live feed of our church’s Sunday service on FB–it was good to see the choir back after summer hiatus and all the good folks in our congregation. I like the live feed.
Poached eggs on toast for breakfast and apple butter–yum!
Apple season is almost upon us.
I made Husband potato salad yesterday and he really enjoyed it…and still is.
Just 6 days until writing retreat in Michigan!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend, mes amies, stay well, and keep in touch!


Day 7: Gratitude and Work

September7

I often forget to be grateful for having work I love–the writing is work and I consider being a novelist my career, but I am also an editor pretty much full time, too. I love being an editor, polishing other writers’ books is incredibly rewarding. When I used to be strictly a nonfiction editor, my fellow general reference book editors and I joked that our job was to make the authors of the books sound as smart as they probably were. Sometimes it was a challenge, but wow, did I ever learn a lot of interesting stuff from working on those books.

Editing fiction is a whole different ballgame, but one that is often just as challenging and certainly just as rewarding. I love my fiction authors! The stories are fun and sexy sometimes and always enjoyable. I see my job as sort of a teaching moment in a way as I fix common errors and some not so common. I don’t know if authors remember when I’ve put in a note like “never hyphenate an ly modifier,” but it makes me feel better to offer an explanation for my edits when I can.

So today I focus my gratitude list on work:
Steady work from my major client, who books are just plain fun
My regular big publishing clients who have authors who ask for me–what an honor!
My 65-year-old eyes that are still able to read clearly
My 65-year-old brain that is still sharp and processing
A wonderful support system in family and friends

And here’s a treat! A new book from Maggie Mae Gallagher!

The Fixer Upper: Abby Callier is more in love with Shakespearean heroes than any real man, and she’s beginning to wonder if there is life for her outside the pages of a book. It doesn’t help that her esteemed parents tend to view her as they would one of their science experiments gone wrong. On the eve of finishing her dissertation, she escapes her staid existence to live in the house she inherited from her Great Aunt Evie in the small town of Echo Springs, Colorado. Because, let’s face it, when a woman starts comparing her life to horror films, it might be time for a break.
Sheriff Nate Barnes believes in law and order and carefully building the life you want. In his spare time, he has been remodeling his house in the hope that one day it will be filled with the family he makes. But Nate doesn’t like drama or complications and tends to avoid them at all costs. And yet, when Miss Abigail Callier, his newest neighbor, beans him with a nine iron, he can’t help but wonder if she might just be the complication he’s been searching for all along. It doesn’t hurt that he discovers a journal hidden away by the previous tenant and decides to use Old Man Turner’s advice to romance Abby into his life.
Abby never expected her next-door neighbor, the newly dubbed Sheriff Stud Muffin, to be just the distraction her world needed. The problem is she doesn’t know whether she should make Echo Springs her home, or if this town is just a stopover point in her life’s trajectory. And she doesn’t want to tell Nate that she might not be sticking around—even though she should because it’s the right thing to do, the honest thing—because then all the scintillatingly hot kisses with the Sheriff will come to an abrupt halt. Did she mention that he’s a really great kisser?

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Days 5 and 6: Gratitude and I’m Trying…

September6

So, I missed a day. Expect that to happen, okay? Life just gets in the way sometimes. I’m trying very hard to take each day as it comes. To stay in the here-and-now, as my mom used to preach. It’s hard. I’m worrying about everything, which is pointless, really, because none of it is anything I can control. So…onward to gratitude because that’s how we make it through the days of feeling completely untethered, right?

Gratitude (you get 10 because of the whole missing-a-day thing):
The lake, which has become too cold to swim in due to cooler temps, but is still perfect
Cool temps that make deck sitting and sleeping a joy
Only 9 days until Michigan
Got one editing gig done and invoiced and paid–yay!
A place to vent (sorta)
My friends get to take dream vacations this week–how wonderful for them!
Candles and games on the deck with Husband last night
Found Oliver Riesling for $6/bottle at Walgreen’s when I went to get my passport photo taken
Got my passport renewal sent off–a task that’s been bugging me for a while
Laptop recovered from whatever goofiness it was experiencing, so I’m holding a good thought here.

I love that image at the top of this post, don’t you? It’s soft and lovely and the sentiment is exactly what I’m trying to accomplish with these daily posts. So I’ll keep posting until we find a house. If you’re bored, then just pray that we find one soon, okay? In the meantime, hold your face to the sun, mes amies, be grateful for all things, and love well.




Day 4 Gratitude and Sunshine

September4

It’s a beautiful day here at the lake–lots of sun and fluffy clouds and lovely temperatures in the 70s. It’s quiet in the trailerhood since it’s Wednesday and the weekenders aren’t here. I’m enjoying a lovely breeze through the window and the scent of fall is kind of in the air. I took my itchy, sore left eye to an eye doctor in town this morning and she diagnosed it with severe inflammation due to allergies, prescribed steroid eye drops and no contact lenses for a week. One drop and my eye already feels better, so win for me.

I started on Brendan’s story yesterday and I think I’m liking the direction I’m headed. We’ll see how he goes. In the meantime, I’m collecting promo materials, checking out places to go for book tours, and just generally preparing for Aidan’s book launch. Soon, I’ll have a cover and title for you. Fun!

Gratitude today:
Sunshine
A fix for my eye
Lovely lake friends
Husband, who loves me so very much
Just 10 days until Liz and I leave for MI!

Day 3 Gratitude and Dearest Son

September3
Two of my three favorite guys!

I love my kid–he is my heart and I’ve always maintained that if I am still breathing then he’s okay. Even if he’s not great, he’s okay, and we can handle whatever comes along. Sometimes “okay” is all a parent has to hold onto. Son is brilliant–like the scary kind of brilliant where his brain is so full that you believe his head must ache at times. He is pure engineer, always thinking, solving problems, analyzing issues, which makes him fabulous at his chosen career as a national security analyst.

He is also a caretaker and feels a heavy responsibility to me and Husband–as an only child, that’s natural. The three of us have a bond that is the best thing in my life. He wants so much to fix our “homeless” situation and he’s come up with several ideas–some off-the-wall, some good, some…um, not for us. But oh, how I love him for wanting to fix things for old Mom and Dad. However, it is plenty, more than plenty, that he and darling DIL have offered us temporary shelter in their guest room and allowed us to store boxes and boxes of our life in their basement.

So to my darling Son, I say, we’re okay, baby. Dad and I have got this. Our house is out there, waiting for us. We’ll find the one that is perfect for us and we’ll turn it into a home where family and friends will find warmth and welcome. Ignore old Mom when I whine about being “homeless,” sometimes I just need to vent. But I know with all my heart that we’ll always have a home with you and for that and a multitude of other things, I love you.
P.S. Don’t stop scheming and thinking, okay? We love processing this with you!

Gratitude for today:
Son, DIL, and Grandboy–always
Cool days that portend fall, my favorite season, although honestly, I love all the seasons
Coffee
A writing day with Liz
Starting a new book

Day 2 Gratitude and Waiting…

September2

Look at me! Getting into my blog two days in a row! I’ve committed to putting up a gratitude list each day until we find a house. I’m praying with all my might that will be very soon because I so don’t want to go through the winter without a house of our own. So keep sending that good house-finding energy and I’ll remain grateful for all the blessings in my life.

Today, I’m thankful for:
A lovely day at the lake with our kids
An impromptu game night with DIL and friend Moe last night
Grandboy’s sweet freckles
Finally having a title for book 3 in the Four Irish Brothers Winery series, which I will reveal when I get my cover for that book.
Taking today, Labor Day, to simply read for pleasure.

Happy Labor Day, mes amies! Take some time away from your labors to bask in the sunshine, enjoy some quiet time, and maybe even nibble a hot dog or a s’more. Remember to thank a laborer–lineman, cooks, carpenters, electricians, plumbers, pipe fitters, factory workers, highway workers, et al–all those good folks who work hard to keep our lives so sweet and smooth.

Random Stuff

September1

Once again, I’m apologizing for being scarce. Life is so weird right now, I feel like I’m just floating, untethered, through life right now. Oh, there are some anchors–Husband, Son, the lake, my writing, my editing work. I’m not a total basket case.

But here’s the thing. I didn’t expect to feel so ill-at-ease without a house. Me? Seriously? I’m always up for something new. I saw the whole house-selling, house-hunting thing as one huge adventure. I thought I would feel freed after selling the house and that looking for a new one would be a huge kick. Well, selling was simply hard work. We were fortunate that our house sold so quickly because it’s a great house and we had a great realtor.

Moving was arduous and we have stuff stored three different places, including a with a storage service whom we are paying monthly to keep our belongings safe. So to say I can’t find anything would be an understatement. I thought I had done a pretty good job of keeping out what I’d need for this temporary stay at Son’s, and I did if we were only going to be here a month or so. But now, I’m staring autumn in the face and we’re still here and I’ve got to figure out where sweatshirts and jeans are tucked away.

All in all, this has been disconcerting as hell and I’m ready to find our house and get moved in. So, mes amies, here’s the September challenge for you: send good house-finding energy our way, won’t you? Ask the universe to send us our perfect home.

I’m going to work hard at gratitude because I gotta tell you, right now, I’m having a had time being grateful and that’s not a good thing either. So I’m thinking I want to try to put a gratitude list up every day until we find a house. That feels enormous to me at the moment, but so does making a pot of coffee or thinking about what to make for supper tonight, but five things each day. Even if one of them is that the day is over and I haven’t strangled anyone.

On this first day of September, my birth month, I am grateful for:
My health, my writing buddy, Liz (with whom I’ll be going on retreat with in just two weeks!), my family, the lake, and that I’ve finished another book.

Until tomorrow, then, remember to hold your face to the sun, be grateful for all things, and love well. I’m going to work on those three things, too.
~Nan~

I’m Still Alive…

August12
I’m writing, I’m writing…

…but I’m deep in the writing cave and won’t reappear until September first. So, here are some fun graphics from my promotion for Meant to Be, including where to find me on BookBub if you’d like to join me there. Also if you haven’t read Meant to Be yet, why not click the title and give it a try. 😉 I promise you’ll be glad you did.
I’ll be back in about three weeks with a sneak peek at Aidan Flaherty’s story–Book 3 in the Four Irish Brothers Winery series. In the meantime, mes amies, remember to hold your face to the sun, be grateful for all things, and love well.
Nan

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And it’s here…

July18

…officially! Meant to Be is now available on all book retailers, so hurry, hurry and get your copy! I’ll be doing a live reading on the Romance In Her Prime Facebook Group at 9 pm EST tonight and I’d love for you to stop by, join the group, and listen in! Hope you all enjoy Sean and Megan’s story!

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In 24 Hours…

July17

THIS happens!

AMAZON | B&N NOOK | APPLE BOOKS | KOBO | TULE

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Sneak Peek!

June24

I’m so excited about the July 18 release of MEANT TO BE, Sean Flaherty and Megan Mackenzie’s story in the Four Irish Brothers Winery series from yours truly and Tule Publishing. This book was so much fun to write because there’s a lot of me in Megan. I’ll let you guess which parts, okay?

Here is a link that will take you to the first chapter of MEANT TO BE. Enjoy! Enjoy! And that link will also get you to all the places you can pre-order MEANT TO BE, so find your favorite ebook retailer and click! Merci, mes amies!

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Book Blitz Time!

June11
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As I mentioned last week, I’m working on promotion for MEANT TO BE, Book 2 in the Four Irish Brothers Winery series. It’s Sean Flaherty and Megan Mackenzie’s story and I’m just crazy in love with these two characters. Friends-to-lovers is one of my favorite romance tropes and this is the first time I’ve used it since The Summer of Second Chances (Book 3 in the Women of Willow Bay series), although Sophie and Henry were more colleagues than friends.

What makes this theme fun to write is the fact that the characters already know each other. There’s no getting-to-know-you period in their romance. They have history (okay, yes, it’s a history that I’ve created), so I don’t have to invent first-meeting scenes or first dates or awkward meet-cutes. Not that those scenes aren’t fun to write, too, but this was a different path for me and I enjoyed it.

When you write romance that takes place in a small town, inevitably the main characters are going to know each other already unless you bring someone new to town as I did with Samantha Hayes in A Small Town Christmas (Book 1). Sean and Megan’s story was fun because I did get to create their history with tidbits of events that happened from the time they met in fifth grade.

If you are book blogger and would like participate in the Xpresso Book Tours Book Blitz for Meant to Be, please click and sign up. There will be fun excerpts and giveaways and general merriment. And if you’re a reader who’s been looking forward to the next Four Irish Brothers Winery story, your wait is nearly over! Meant to Be is available for pre-order now and releases on July 18. Enjoy! Enjoy!

As always, mes amies, remember to hold your face to the sun, be grateful for all things, and love well.
~NAN~

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Promo Is Scary

June5

I’m deep into book promo for Meant to Be, Sean and Megan’s book in the Four Irish Brothers Winery series that I’m writing for Tule Publishing. It releases on July 18, but is currently available for pre-order. I confess I’m not a good self-promoter. (However, I can stick a convenient link into a blog post with little trouble.) Most of the writers I know aren’t good at it. Promotion means coming out of our little writing caves and interacting with the reading public. I wish I could describe how intimidating that is.

Although when I’m with my tribe, I’m pretty outgoing, I don’t do well with crowds of strangers, whether physical or virtual. I’m getting better as I get more experience at promo, but all in all, I’d rather write. Fortunately, for me, I have a great publisher, who really promotes my work and encourages me to do the same.

So, I’m hip-deep in it–creating graphics, contacting book bloggers, coming up with giveaway ideas, paying promoters, and just generally marketing the heck out of my newest story. Here’s hoping it all pays off big for the Four Irish Brothers Winery series. Hold a good thought, won’t you? And hey, if you haven’t pre-ordered MEANT TO BE yet, slip on over to your favorite eBook retailer and click. Sure would appreciate it!

Until next week, mes amies. remember to hold your face to the sun, be grateful for all things, and love well.
~Nan~

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Cover Reveal!

May27

Here it is, kids! The gloriously gorgeous cover for Book 2 in the Four Irish Brothers Winery series from yours truly and Tule Publishing. New title is MEANT TO BE and fits Sean Flaherty and Megan Mackenzie’s friends-to-lovers story to a T! The cover captures this engaging couple perfectly! I’m so excited about this book–it’s not just a fun romantic story about two friends who find themselves falling in love, but it’s also a chance to revisit River’s Edge and catch up with the Flahertys. MEANT TO BE releases on July 18, but is available now for pre-order, so please click and let’s rocket Sean and Meg to the top of the bestseller list!

Can a near-tragedy help two best friends realize they’re meant to be so much more?
Best friends since grade school, high-powered Chicago attorney, Sean Flaherty, and small-town mayor Megan Mackenzie have always shared a special bond. When Sean is shot by a client’s angry ex, Megan rushes to his side, terrified she’s about to lose her long-time confidant.
Upon his return to River’s Edge to recuperate, Sean discovers that his feelings for his pal have taken an undeniable turn for the romantic. While Megan struggles with an unfamiliar longing for Sean, she worries that he may be mistaking a safe place to land for love. 
Can Sean help her realize that they are truly meant to be so much more than friends?

Until next week, mes amies, remember to hold your face to the sun, be grateful for all things, and love well.

~Nan~

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Almost There…

May22

Well, we’re about 24 hours from closing and soon our home will belong to our buyer. We’ve worked hard to infuse as much love and joy into that house as we can, and if it’s true that homes have feelings, he should be all warm and fuzzy by tomorrow evening.

As for us, we are warm and fuzzy thanks to Son and DIL and Grandboy, who have welcomed us into their home and created a lovely temporary resting place as we look for a new house. Son made me a little office space, there is a wet bar that is our “kitchen,” and the bedroom and private bath are cozy and comfortable. We’re settling in, but we don’t want to get too comfortable. We’d like to try to find a house before summer is over.

Last night, Grandboy and I had a lovely time singing made-up rhyming monster songs when I tucked him in and we cuddled for a few minutes. He’s such a sweet soul, much like his mom and dad. All in all, we’re exhausted, but okay. I think we’re going to take a short break and try to regroup, then begin the house hunt. A few days at the lake will help immensely, I’m sure, plus a couple of writer buds are coming by next week for a writing day, so that will be fun, too.

Our routine will be back in force as Sunday we serve communion at church and I’m back to work with editing gigs and writing on novel 3 for the Four Irish Brothers Winery series for Tule Publishing and get ready for promotion for book 2, which releases July 18. A cover reveal and pre-order should be coming up soon! All in all, we survived the house selling and moving to storage… the next steps are pure adventure.

Gratitude for today: Son, DIL, and Grandboy–how generous and gracious they are! Good friends in our mover and realtor, who’ve had our backs through all this and continue to be there for us. Gracious clients who’ve stood by as I’ve had to stop work briefly during the actual move. All the folks who’ve helped or offered to, specifically Moe, who packed like a trooper and Terri, who cleaned with us yesterday. Merci, mes amies!! And all praise and glory to God, who has kept his hand of protection around us and listened to my weepy prayers and imprecations. God is good.

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Until next week, mes amies, remember to hold your face to the sun, be grateful for all things, and love well.

~Nan~

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Wednesday, Yes! Wednesday Check-in

May1
Our lilacs in the front yard

I’m actually getting this up on the right day, aren’t you proud of me? Well, don’t be because I should be writing on book 3 for the Four Irish Brothers Winery series or working on editing gigs. However, yesterday was somewhat of a victory, so I’m celebrating by keeping to my planned schedule.

We got the garage and attic decluttered! YAY! Sent a truckload of stuff with the Fire Dawgs–a great group of guys who take care of junk for people who’ve lived in a house for 35 years and collected…well, a lot of stuff they no longer need. Our attic is empty for the first time in 35 years and the garage is officially ready to pack for the movers. The Fire Dawgs were amazing–quick, kind, efficient, and understanding. We really appreciated their hard work on our behalf.
As we watched them drive away, Husband said, “We never could have done that ourselves.” That may not sound huge, but for him to confess that something was beyond him is more than huge. It’s acceptance of help and he’s getting better at that throughout this process. I’m really proud of the way he’s been able to release some of the hard work to others. If you’re married to or know an engineer, you’ll understand how difficult that is for him.

We’ve had such great help as we’ve made this journey–Our realtor, Lynn, from ReMax Ability has been our salvation, and our mover, Fred, from Guardian Relocation is the best. Both of them have shown such consideration and care for re-homing these two old empty-nesters. We can’t imagine having done any of this without them. It’s wonderful to have thoughtful, caring people on your team–hugs and assurances of “We’ve got your back,” have helped us more than they can imagine. I’m still a wreck and probably will be until the closing is done, but each step we finish means, as my pal Liz Flaherty keeps telling me, another big sigh of relief. And Lynn keeps telling us the fun part (finding a new home) is coming. I’m truly ready for the fun part!

So gratitude for this week, all the good folks helping us along this very new and different path; support from dear friends and family; my faith, which keeps me tethered even when I feel adrift; Tule Publishing and their support for my writing; and lilacs–my lilacs are blooming and they are lovely and sweet.

Until next week, mes amies, remember to hold your face to the sun, be grateful for all things, and love well.

~Nan~

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I’ve Got a Title

April26

Okay, okay, I know it’s Thursday again…how about we all agree that the Wednesday check-in is a very fluid concept. It’s been a crazy week and the next few are probably going to be just as crazy. There is just a little less than a month before we close on this house and begin camping out in Son’s basement until we find a new house. I’m basically just taking each day as it comes, but man, oh, man, each day is busier than the next. Our mover stopped by with a load of art boxes yesterday, bless him. When he asked how much art we had to pack, I really didn’t think there was all that much. Turns out, we have a lot of art and pictures hanging on our wall. Who knew?

We’re taking a very short break this weekend to go up to the lake. I haven’t been up yet since Husband opened the cottage and I need the water and my lake buddies and to be away ever so briefly.

Yikes…I’m already off-track, which seems to be my modus operandi lately. Title! After some back and forth with my fabulous publisher, Tule Publishing, the second book in the Four Irish Brothers Winery series finally has a title. <drumroll>> Sean and Megan’s story is titled Between Friends. I like it! It says what the story is about–friends to lovers. One of my very favorite romance tropes. I just got copy edits back and I’m reviewing them now, although I have to say, rather proudly, that the copy editor didn’t do much to this manuscript. She’s terrific and found stuff I missed in my 3,279 passes (I’m exaggerating for effect, it was really only about 3,264), so I really appreciate her hard work and sharp eye.

Between Friends coming Summer 2019

Gratitude for this week: As always, Husband, Son, DIL, Sister, and Grandboy; pal Lizzie, who keeps me centered when I think I may fall off the edge; spring in all her green glory–everything is sprouting and next week, I’ll have lilacs; SIL, Terri, is retiring today after a long career at a local university–so proud of her accomplishments and very happy for her as she begins a new chapter; and I’m always grateful to the team at Tule Publishing for all their support.

One of my fellow Tule authors, Melissa McClone, has a new indie book out today, The Reluctant Princess, book one in the new Her Royal Duty series. Check it out–it’s a fun read, and isn’t that a gorgeous cover?

Until next week, mes amies, remember to hold your face to the sun, be grateful for all things, and love well.

~Nan~

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Wednesday, Okay, Thursday Check-in

April18

I didn’t think it was possible for life to get busier, but it has as we draw nearer to closing on the house and moving. So much to do and so many things to think about! However, all that stuff doesn’t mean I’m excused from my copy-editing gigs or writing. I have deadlines on both, so I’m still deep into Aidan and Holly’s story and the work that I’m contracted to do for my clients. Yesterday, though, I did some work in the yard and it was lovely to be completely mindless for just a couple of hours.

I’m working on some promotion today for Sean and Megan’s book, which is currently in production at Tule Publishing. We don’t have a title yet, but we will soon and I’ll share that when it happens. The cover, too, which should be along in the next few weeks. But for fun, here are the people that make me think of Sean Flaherty (Michael Fassbender) and Megan Mackenzie (Louise O’Reilly) . Thoughts?

Be sure to grab my pal, Liz Flaherty’s holiday novella, The Dark Horse at a special price today–just 99 cents! It’s part of a fun boxed set and is there really a wrong time to read a holiday romance? (Bonus: It’s also in Kindle Unlimited!)

Gratitude for today: Husband, who is my rock always; Son and DIL, who’ve been so gracious and generous as we’re making this transition; our realtor, whose knowledge and kindness is holding us up; the green in our yard reminding me of what a beautiful place we’re sharing with our buyer; a chance to work in said yard yesterday and give it a little extra love for the new owner.

Until next week, mes amies, remember to hold your face to the sun, be grateful for all things, and love well.

~Nan~

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Wednesday Quick Check-in

April10

We’re in the throes of house-selling stuff, so today, it’s a quickie! But I want to let you know about some fun stuff going on with some of my author buds.

First of all, my friend Liz Kelly’s new Heroes of Henderson novel came out April 1 and Mr. Wright Now is just as fab as all the other hunky heroes from this fun, fun series. Don’t miss this one. And if you want to just start at the beginning of the series, head to Liz’s website to check out the rest of the Heroes of Henderson. While you’re there, sign up for her newsletter to stay up-to-date with all the happenings in Henderson.

From my bestie, Liz Flaherty, who also happens to be a favorite author of mine comes the news that her Christmas book, The Dark Horse, is now available in Kindle Unlimited, so there’s a fun Easter drawing happening. Liz says, “Happy Easter to you all! I’ll be drawing for a surprise package on May 1st. It’s my daughter-in-law’s birthday, a happy day for our family. All you have to do is keep an eye on my Facebook page, like it if you haven’t already, and answer the question that will show up there on April 18.”

My author pal, Mara Jacobs has a new book out, too! It’s Book 8 in the Worth series, another fabulous series of romances. This one is Worth the Burn and it’s already queued up on my Kindle. The first book in the series, Worth the Weight, is a perma-free on Amazon, so start the series and binge-read straight through!

Finally, Melissa McClone, my author bud from Tule Publishing (we Tule Girls have to stick together!) has a freebie on Bookbub today. Fiance For the Night is free, so grab it now while you can! I promise you’ll become a lifelong Melissa McClone fan and want to buy all her books!

That’s it for today! I’m full of gratitude for Husband, Son, DIL, and Grandboy always, for all my author friends, who keep me well-supplied with reading material and moral support, for beautiful spring days and a world greening up!

Until next week, mes amies, remember to hold your face to the sun, be grateful for all things, and love well.

~Nan~

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Wednesday Check-in

March27

This will be a quick check-in because today my list is longer than usual. We’re finishing up the house in preparation for our realtor to take photos, so cleaning, then cleaning, than after than some cleaning. We’re both a little bit in overwhelm, but the house is looking good.

I’m writing, but it’s going slow because the rest of my life is getting in the way. I’m hoping I can get a lot of words in this weekend. I guess we’ll see. Also working on editing gigs, so my plate overflows. How about a little Grandboy to make your life just a little brighter? Always works for me!

Gratitude for today: Husband, who is a rock. Son and DIL, who are graciously helping us get through this time of transition. Couldn’t do it without them. CBD oil, which keeps me moving. Beautiful clear blue skies and sunshine–I’ve missed those two things more than usual this winter, so I’m glad to see them coming back. In that same vein, the pansies I planted in pots on the front stoop are also lovely. I’m grateful for spring!

Until next week, mes amies, remember to hold your face to the sun, be grateful for all things, and love well.

~Nan~

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Wednesday Check-in

March20
Mulching for Curb Appeal

It’s been a long week. We’ve spent nearly every day working on some aspect of getting the house ready to put on the market. Our dear brother-in-law came by to help us put down new mulch in all the gardens–fun because the dang mulch was frozen! Made for interesting raking, I’ll tell you. Husband is busy scrubbing the outside of the house and I’m inside packing up the last of the stuff that needs to disappear before we clean and stage. Painters come in next week to freshen up the bathroom and then the realtor will be here to move stuff around and make the place as appealing as possible. Then, the sign goes up and we see what happens. I’m hoping all of you will send lots of positive energy our way that the house will sell quickly and well. We still don’t know where we’ll end up, but that’s okay. Son and DIL have invited us to stay with them while we look for another house, so all will be well.

Over the weekend, we attended the celebration of life for our buddy Rich and it was a sad/joyful experience. Good to see how many others loved him as we did. Also, it was nice to get away for just a couple of days. I didn’t work or think about the move or make any lists. Instead we simply enjoyed one another’s company. On our way back home, we stopped by the lake house and checked on things. That was nice, too. The ice is off the lake and the Great Lakes gulls were taking a rest on the big floats down by the dam before continuing north.We’re more than ready for summer!

I’m working on Aidan’s book–after a couple of false starts, I finally believe I’m beginning his story where it needs to start–right in River’s Edge. My almost-pathological need to dump background into the opening chapters of a book slows me down every single time. Generally, I let the info-dumps go until I get a rough draft done, but this time, Aidan wasn’t moving, so I simply started again. That face is still Aidan in my head, so as long as he stays put, I’ll be good. Holly is a little bit harder and for some reason (we could probably check with Freud on this one), Holly’s mom, Melinda, is reminding me spookily of my own mother. However, that sorta makes her easy to write, so I’m going with it as long it’s working.

Today’s gratitude: Husband, who turned 70 on Saturday and just gets better; our buddy, Rich, whom we will miss every day, but we know he’s always with us; sunny days so we can get the house ready to go; Son and DIL and BIL, who’ve helped us with all this work; Liz, who keeps me sane or willingly goes along with the crazy–either way, I love you like a sister, my friend!

Until next week, mes amies, remember to hold your face to the sun, be grateful for all things, and love well.

~Nan~

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Cover Wars!

March13

Happy Wednesday, everyone! The cover for A Small Town Christmas is currently in a cover war over Author Shout. We’re firmly in third place, but here’s the great news, you can vote every 24 hours! So I’d love it if you clicked over and voted for my gorgeous cover all week long! Merci, mes amies.

We lost our dear lake buddy, Rich, on Tuesday and we are heartbroken and bereft. He was a kind, generous, and charming man, who always had a smile. Cancer is so evil, and it has taken so many people from my life in the last few years. I know that, years ago, Rich would have died and we never would have known why, so I’m grateful for the medical advances that gave us a bit more time with him after his diagnosis. But, dammit, I want a cure now!

In other news, I restarted Aidan’s story, book 3 in the Four Irish Brothers Winery series–my first start was all background. I see this new beginning as growth as a writer. Previously, I would’ve waited to trash my first two chapters of info dump until after the first draft was done.

Gratitude is important right now because my life is currently full of chaos and gratitude reminds me to breathe. Today I’m grateful for my dentist, who does good work and acknowledges my fears, Husband, who is working so hard to get to our new life, Rich and Moe, who are dear friends, Son, who came over immediately on Tuesday just to hug us when we told him about Rich’s passing, a good time with Liz, Kristi, and Ava over the weekend–writerly friendships are such a gift!

Until next week, mes amies, remember to hold your face to the sun, be grateful for all things, and love well.

~Nan~

*•.¸♡ Sweet Do-Over ♡¸.•*

March8

Today is the cover reveal for Melissa McClone’s Indigo Bay Second Chance Romance, Sweet Do-Over, which releases May 16, 2019! Can. Not. Wait.

When architect Marley Patterson goes out with Von Ryan, she never expects her practical, cautious life to be turned upside down by the handsome contractor. Von is the definition of fun until his proposal sends her into a panic. Marriage is too serious a commitment to make after dating for only six months. Even though she cares for Von, they are too different, so she breaks up with him…

Being rejected hurts, but Von blames himself for not reading the signs and Marley better. He finds solace in work; however, his construction company’s success isn’t enough. He wants to share his life with a woman who’ll love him as much as he loves her. She’s out there. All he has to do is find her, and, this time, be patient for the relationship to develop on its own.
When Marley is assigned to Von’s new project in Indigo Bay, he treats her the same as everyone else—professionally and with respect—though neither can deny a strong mutual attraction still exists. Soon Marley realizes she may have been the problem with their relationship, not just Von’s proposal. She wants a second chance, but after breaking his heart once, will he give her a do-over?

With a degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University, Melissa McClone worked for a major airline where she traveled the globe and met her husband. But analyzing jet engine performance couldn’t compete with her love of writing happily ever afters. Her first full-time writing endeavor was her first sale when she was pregnant with her first child! Since then, she has published over forty romance novels with Harlequin and Tule Publishing Group. She’s a USA Today Bestselling author and has also been nominated for Romance Writers of America’s RITA® award. When she isn’t writing, you can usually find her driving her minivan to/from her children’s swim practices and other activities. Melissa lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, three children, two spoiled Norwegian Elkhounds and cats who think they rule the house. They do!

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I Can Do This

March6
living room

I’m writing this on Fat Tuesday–we’ve been running moving-type errands today, getting ready for the movers to come tomorrow to pick up what Fred, our mover, (he rocks!) calls “the declutter load.” We’ve emptied closets, packed box after box, bin after bin, taken down photographs, and packed away tchotchkes and beloved knickknacks in an attempt to depersonalize our home in preparation for staging it and putting it up for sale.

It’s been…freeing in many ways but also bittersweet, and I’ve discovered that there is no way to neutralize this house. It’s been too lived in, too loved in. Our rooms are cozy and warm and inviting, so I’m counting on that vibe to sell this place. The yard is huge and the trees provide shade for us and sanctuary for the critters who’ve made their homes in our woods–deer, groundhogs, raccoons, foxes, and birds.

We heard our owl the other night, and we wondered together whether we’d hear owls in our new home, wherever that may be. We’re hoping for some good-sized trees in a much smaller yard along with a smaller house all on one level. I’ll miss my little garret at the back of the upstairs, but a new sunny office will be lovely, too.
Husband will miss mowing on his lawn tractor, but a smaller yard means less upkeep, less work. and maybe a chance for a couple of tomato and pepper plants. We couldn’t keep a garden here because the critters think we planted it for their feasting pleasure. Over the years, we tried everything to discourage them, including an electric fence, but when a squirrel bit the wire and electrocuted himself a few years back, we gave it up and decided to buy our fresh veggies at the farmer’s market or get them from dear brother-in-law, who has a bodacious garden in his backyard.

New Shutters!

So, we’re getting there and some of the huge tasks that seemed insurmountable just two months ago are done–new shutters are hung, the old boat is on its way to boat heaven, the brush out front is cut, and the purging is nearly complete. We don’t know yet where we’ll end up, but there’s more pleasure now in the idea of moving and that’s a good thing.

As always, mes amies, remember to hold your face to the sun, be grateful for all things, and love well.

~Nan~

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Revisions

February27
Me, deep into revisions

I’m in revisions on Sean and Megan’s story. This is pretty much me for the next couple of weeks. My editor liked the story, had lots of good things to say about it, and really, the revisions aren’t arduous, but they are my same old issues–too much backstory and a heroine who needs to be fleshed out.

Liz and I talked about the heroine thing when we were on retreat last week. Here’s the thing. I know my heroines–I know Megan and I think mostly, I’ve presented her well, but the guys in the Four Irish Brothers Winery series have taken center stage in each book because the books are about them. Not that the women are incidental, they aren’t at all, of course. But I know my guys so well and they’re so much fun to write, especially scenes between two of them or scenes with all of them participating. So, I think I do dig into them more. I did the Art Facts Sheet on the book yesterday and found the perfect picture for the cover–I hope Tule agrees.

Aidan’s story is starting after one false start during retreat because… you guess it, background dump. Now that’s out of the way, I’ll actually start the book. <eyeroll> Yeesh! I like him, but I’m not so sure he’s going to be as easy to know as Sean and Conor were because he’s got a different personality being an actor. We’ll see. I have DIL to depend on for theater advice and she can probably give me the scoop on actor personalities as well.

My life is overwhelming right now, but all in a good, life-is-exciting-new-things-are-coming-along kind of way. Processing here each Wednesday will probably help me cope with a lot of what’s happening, so get ready…I may be dumping on you! For now, gratitude seems the best way to go. This week, I’m grateful for Husband, who is working tirelessly to get the house ready for staging, for Liz, who lets me dump on her every morning, for Son and DIL, who are into the Four Irish Brothers Winery series and offer great suggestions, for Grandboy, who continues to bring light to our lives, and for my friend CL, who is coming to help me pack up the first load for the movers. How blessed am I?

As always, mes amies, remember to hold your face to the sun, be grateful for all things, and love well.

~Nan~

Writing Retreat Day 2

February19



We are in our second day of writing retreat and we think we deserve great thumps of “good job, girls” on our backs. Because we have written, yes, and also because between the two of us, we’ve only bought one pound of fudge and two bottles of wine. No clothes. No sweatshirts proclaiming our whereabouts. We’ve eaten well—we always eat well—talked about everything from character development to eye shadow colors (neutrals work—who knew?), and slept well on the beds in the boutique hotel where we ended up staying.

I am homesick, of course. It happens every time. Nan rolls her eyes when I admit it, but then she calls Jim, so what does she know?

Strictly from a writing point of view, I can’t say enough about the value of a writing retreat. While it’s true it’s fun to spend good-friend time, having someone talk you off the ledge when you absolutely know the book you’re writing is a piece of crap less than stellar is priceless.

We’ve discovered over the years that we are absolutely splendid at naming each other’s characters, that she can beat me at Farkle, and that we share an affinity for fuzzy socks. We have a good time and the annual or biennial getaway days serve to deepen the friendship.

It’s a time for dialing down whatever has us being stressed and dialing up things that make us laugh. While a writing retreat is a valuable tool for getting work done, it’s even more important in its curative treatment of mental health issues.

Good to talk to everyone. Hope you’re having a great week.

Liz, feeling mentally healthy as all get out. 😊



Writing Retreat Day 1

February18

It’s a little before 8 p.m. and Lizzie and I are already settled in our cozy room and we’ve both written a good bit since we checked in around 3 p.m. It’s been a nutty day. Right off, it is cold! Like winter serious cold!

Our reservations were at a state park inn and we couldn’t check in until 4 pm, so we had lunch at this fabulous restaurant here in Nashville, IN — just fantastic food! An amazing cream of chicken soup with spinach and artichokes. Man was that ever tasty! The restaurant is part of an inn here in the heart of town–The Artists Colony Inn. It’s very pretty.

While we were eating, we got a message from the state park inn telling us, we thought, that the heat was out in the hotel. We checked with desk clerk at the Artists Colony and got a price for a room just in case the heat didn’t get fixed by the time we checked in at the state park. As it happened, we misunderstood and the heat was out in the pool, not the whole inn, but the inn was overrun with kids, literally! Not sure why so many kids were there, but honestly, we couldn’t see how we could possibly write there. So we decided not to stay and instead made our way back to The Artists Colony and checked in.

This is a lovely place–our room is charming with quilts on the beds and lots of fun antique-y style furniture. We’ve settled in nicely, opened the wine we bought at Cedar Creek winery earlier in the day and are bouncing ideas off each other as we write. A perfect beginning to the writing retreat.

I’ve gotten a good start on Aidan’s story–used a fun device that I hope will work at the beginning. Not sure yet, but the story’s already moving along. Liz is doing great on her story, too. We’re kickin’ it! Hold a good thought for both of us. More tomorrow.

Retreat!

February17

It’s Sunday morning and I’m still covered up with work, but I can see the light at the top of the heap finally. I’ve been focusing on editing gigs and packing up the house, so I haven’t written a word on Aidan’s book yet. However, I’m in full discovery mode and have even written a synopsis for the story, so I’m already ahead of the game on the book. Now it’s just down to writing, which will begin tomorrow when Liz and I get to our retreat.

I can’t wait for our retreat time–I think we both need the girlfriend time, the writer buddy time, and the away time. I always write well on retreat, so I’m hoping this one is no exception. I’m looking for my muses for this book–Aidan Flaherty is a blond, and not as brawny as his brothers–more arty and lithe, but sexy and very fit because he plays a cop on TV. I’m thinking maybe Max Lloyd-Jones. He’s got my Aidan vibe–sexy, but friendly… hot, but approachable and fun… how about this guy? Max Lloyd-Jones? He’s pretty much got my vote.

For Holly, I was a little stumped until I came across this Australian actress, Adelaide Kane. She’s got the look I’m going for–innocent, yet wise and a little cynical. She’s had a rough start and is a little envious of what appears to her to be Aidan’s dumb luck.

So, here are my new characters–hold a good thought for the story, which will be a Christmas book and even includes a young boy, who will be the catalyst for Aidan and Holly’s story.

Liz and I will blog our retreat here, but don’t get too excited–we tend to mostly write on these shorter adventures, so there may not be too much to report. Hold a good thought for decent weather and safe roads, okay?

As always, mes amies, remember to hold your face to the sun, be grateful for all things, and love well.

~Nan~

A Sexy New Novella from Mellanie Szereto

February8

Flavor of the Day

A taste for something sexy…

Roma Denata prefers spending her time inventing new flavors at her gelato shop and scratching her sexual itch on the run. Unfortunately, her annoying new landlord is a rash that won’t go away, no matter how often they take their clashes to an unexpected level. And more than her Italian temper reaches the boiling point.

A temporary return to his hometown forces Lucas Calloway to rethink his reasons for avoiding emotional ties. His tenant makes him want more than a daily dose of sleeping with the enemy, and revealing his own disturbing secret is the perfect way to convince her to share hers.

Guilt has destroyed Roma’s appetite for love and trust seems beyond her ability—even when Lucas’s revelation uncovers a common bond. Melting her heart is a challenge he must accept, but the collateral damage inflicted from events of the past may be too much to overcome.

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Excerpt:

I wonder if Mr. Landlord knows he’s stuck with me yet. The knowledge that Calloway was probably scrambling in his wingtips for a nonexistent loophole rejuvenated Roma as much as the post-sex nap.
     She stretched as she stood, confident she could easily smack the smugness off Lucas’s face with a cup of lemon gelato if he ever called her short stuff again. While she didn’t like wasting her tasty creations, it would fit his sour disposition perfectly.
     The smell of fresh waffle cones lured her to the service counter. A horde of noisy miniature soccer players crowded through the entrance as she washed and dried her hands. “Who won today?”
     The tallest of the under-ten mob smirked at her from beyond the step-up shelf. He was usually the loudest and the first to brag about his exploits on the field. “We did. I’d like a—”
     “Hold on.” She wielded a scoop and smirked right back at him. “Swing the end of the line over here to the counter. I’m playing my reverse card today. And quiet earns you an extra scoop of vanilla or chocolate.”
     A raucous cheer echoed off the walls and then silenced almost as quickly as the kids lined up through the tables curved around to the freezer case.
     “That’s not fair. You’re our sponsor.” The boy at the former head of the line frowned and crossed his arms at his chest.
     “My mood, my rules. It’s not like I’m going to run out even if you all order the same flavor. Besides, we already won the game. No need to be jerks by rubbing their noses in it.”
     He shrugged and sighed, clearly not happy with her reasoning.
     Less than ten minutes later, she handed him a waffle bowl with two scoops of chocolate “Thanks, I guess.”
     “You’re welcome, I guess.” She shared an eye roll with his coach at the grudging thanks before a scene on the sidewalk grabbed her interest.
     Glenn Frasier stood with his back partway to her in a pair of checked shorts and an orange golf shirt. Her nemesis wore the same bad-boy attitude he’d had on since the day she’d first crossed paths with him. The older man appeared to laugh at something his nephew said and Lucas jabbed his finger toward the shop.
     “Ooh, somebody looks ticked off.” Tess’s observation was likely an understatement. “It wouldn’t have anything to do with that envelope you took next door earlier, would it?”
     “I hope so.” Roma met her adversary’s glare through the window and waved. Serves you right for being an ass. “That was my intent after all.”
     He stormed toward the door, but Glenn caught him by the elbow. More pointing and one-sided discussion ensued before the old man dragged his nephew out of sight.
     Good riddance to egotistical trash.
     “Here’s the register tape from the soccer invasion.” Tess chuckled as she leaned in. “He’s the guy, isn’t he? Definite biker vibe and kinda hot for not being my type.”

When her fingers aren’t attached to her keyboard, Mellanie Szereto enjoys hiking, Pilates, cooking, gardening, and researching for her stories. Many times, the research partners with her other hobbies, taking her from the Hocking Hills region in Ohio to the Colorado Rockies and the Adirondacks of New York. Sometimes, the trip is no farther than her garden for ingredients and her kitchen to test recipes for her latest steamy tale. Mellanie makes her home in rural Indiana with her husband of thirty-two years and their son. She is a 2016 recipient of the RWA Service Award, RWA Chapter Advisor, and a member of Romance Writers of America, Indiana Romance Writers of America, Contemporary Romance Writers, and FF&P Romance Writers.
She greatly appreciates reviews and loves to hear from her readers! Contact Mellanie at mellanie@mellanieszereto.com.

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Writer or Author

February3

When people ask me what I do, my answer sometimes depends on how and why they ask the question. If it’s a random, we-just-met-at-an-event kind of query, I choose my answer based on how involved I want to get in the conversation. I know how bitchy that sounds, but sometimes, you just don’t want to have a long conversation with someone you know for certain is going to immediately chortle when you tell them you’re a romance writer. So those folks get “I’m a freelance copy editor.” Then the conversation can steer toward “Oh, I bet that’s interesting,” rather than a smirking “Really? Like 50 Shades? Heh, heh.” Yeesh…

Sometimes they ask, “What do you do for a living?” That’s easy, I’m a freelance copy editor for a living. I don’t earn enough from book sales to consider it a living, although I’m closer now than I was a few years ago. I can’t give up the editing gigs just yet, and even if I could, I’m not sure I’d would. I love editing almost as much as I love writing.

Then there’s the dilemma of telling someone I’m a writer versus telling them I’m an author. I’ve always differentiated writer from author–my delineation being whether or not I was published. A writer writes. An author writes and sells books, but she also markets and promotes and suffers mightily over rankings on Amazon and making lists such as the USA Today or NY Times bestseller list. So, based on that criteria, either one works for me at this point. However, before I started this article, I looked up both words and guess what! Webster doesn’t differentiate between a writer and an author.

A writer is “one who writes.” An author is “one who originates or creates; a writer of a literary work, such as a book.” So am I the only writer who didn’t consider herself an author until her first book was published? And what was it about being indie published that made me doubt my own authority as an author? (See what I did there? A little word play, tee hee.) Why did I not truly feel like an author until I had a 4-book deal with a traditional publisher? If all I ever wrote were articles on this blog, would I be any less an author than the writers who write and sell millions of books? That’s my question for the universe today–how do you define yourself–writer or author? Does it even matter?

As always, mes amies, remember to hold your face to the sun, be grateful for all things, and love well.

~Nan~

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