Nan Reinhardt, Author

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The Famous Sister

March25

I love that I’m currently ranked #33 among all of Amazon’s Best-Selling Contemporary Romance Authors–what a wonderful feeling that is! My sister, PJ, teasingly refers to me as “my famous sister,” which I find delightful and hilarious because although I treasure her pride in my writing, I’m hardly famous. I’m simply a midlist romance author, although I do have a small cadre of loyal readers to whom I owe any success I can lay claim to. My publisher, Tule Publishing, has added to that group and I’m ever always grateful to the team there who work so hard on my behalf.

But I have to tell you honestly, as I sit here in my jammies and my hoodie, sipping a cup of coffee, and going through editorial revisions on my next book in the Four Irish Brothers Winery series, I don’t feel all that much like a celebrity. Revisions are hard work. Finding just the right degree of tweak is a tricky business. I love this book. It’s probably my favorite of all the books I’ve written, and that includes Once More From the Top, which has long held that position in my heart. But I know that my editor’s comments are valid ones and that she is simply helping me make this the best story it can be. So, I persist…

In other news, we have chosen a title and a cover for Brendan’s book that I’ll share later in the week. It’s just as beautiful as the other Four Irish Brothers Winery covers, so I’m delighted as usual with the great work that Lee Hyat does for all of the Tule Publishing authors she works with.

We’re all good here–staying in mostly, except for walks around our neighborhood where we are all avoiding one another by crossing to the other side of the street as we pass. Big waves, lots of distance. Been doing Skype and FaceTime with sister PJ and with Grandboy, who read us the story he’d written this week. He’s doing fabulously well with his creative writing and storytelling. I love that he likes to write!

We’re also watching a house finch build a nest in the wreath on our front door. It’s been fascinating to see her progress. Can’t wait for her lay eggs in it. We’re sharing picture with Grandboy and he’s getting a kick out of watching with us virtually.

Speaking of famous authors, I’m so grateful for gChat, where I get to spend time with my writing bestie, Liz Flaherty, each day! She keeps me sane and grounded, and is always a willing shoulder to cry on and listening ear. Although we became friends fairly recently as besties go, I can’t imagine my life without her in it. If you haven’t read any of her books, now’s the time. Click her name above and you’ll end up at her Amazon author page. Pick a book, any book, and discover her marvelous voice!

Take heart, mes amies, as we make this journey together. I truly believe all will be well. Remember to be thankful for all things, hold your face to the sun, and love well!

~Nan~

Hunkering Down…Really?

March17

Right off, this is not news for me–I’m a freelance editor. Lock-down has basically been my life since 1996. I work from home, I write at home, I’m pretty much at home about 70% of the time. However, the whole idea that I have to stay at home is new to me and frankly, it’s kinda bugging me. I keep thinking of reasons I need to get in the car and go somewhere. If this self-quarantine thing wasn’t happening, I’d be merrily working away, needing nothing. Go figure. Here’s the thing, though; this isn’t really terrifying me. We needed a reset in this country, maybe this is the start of it. If we take good care of each other, we’ll get through it and come out better people on the other side.

Ingredients for Husband’s chili

We did go to the grocery store this morning for essentials–produce mainly, which was pretty much wiped out at our Kroger, although they were restocking when we arrived. We got bananas and couple of other fresh items, scooted down another couple of aisles for coffee and filters, then hit the checkout. Folks were gracious and chipper. Nobody was filling their cart with dozens of anything. Except for some empty shelves, it was a normal day at the Kroger. Then we went by Costco and filled the car up with gas at a price that we hadn’t seen in years. Husband is making chili today, which means it will be a good day.

Brendan’s story coming up

I intend to continue my life–working on clients’ projects, writing, getting ready to do promotion for Book 4 of the Four Irish Brothers Winery series. My cover should be coming along soon and that’s when I’ll do a title/cover reveal for Brendan’s book. Man, do I love these characters and this story. I don’t know why it’s so close to my heart, but it is. I think maybe because for the first time since I’ve been writing these brothers, the story took over and basically told itself. I’m sorta on pins and needles as my editor reads it and I’m hoping she loves it as much as I do. Hold a good thought, okay?

Stay tuned here for news about River’s Edge. I’ll be doing a post with updates about the citizens there. Sound like fun? In the meantime, stay well, be grateful for all things, and love without ceasing.

~Nan~

So Close…

March3

I’m soclose to writing THE END on Book 4 of the Four Irish Brothers Winery series–Brendan’s story. Very soon, I’ll have a title and cover reveal for you.

This series has been a ton of fun to write and I’m delighted my publisher and readers are loving the Flaherty brothers and the town of River’s Edge. In fact, my publisher has invited me to write another series that happens in River’s Edge, Indiana. So stay tuned! All your favorite characters–Mac from the Riverside Diner, Noah from the hardware store, Dot and Mary from the quilt store, Janet from the yarn shop, and many others old friends, as well as the whole Flaherty crew, will be back soon! You’ll also meet lots of new folks in the new series, including some awfully nice brothers who serve the town of River’s Edge.

I’m incredibly grateful for my loyal readers and for all the new readers who discover one of my books and then go on to seek out the others because one of my stories has drawn them in. I’ll keep writing. Y’all keep reading, okay?

Stay tuned here for news and release dates and cover reveals! In the meantime, remember, mes amies, hold your face to the sun, be grateful for all things, and love well!
~Nan~

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Hibernation…

January11

Happy New Year…

January1

…and may 2020 bring all of you joy and peace and happiness. I know so many folks are doing a word for the year or making resolutions. I’m not. I’m simply going to make an effort to move forward and enjoy the journey.

I am making some commitments. Not resolutions or huge lifestyle changes, but rather commitments to myself. One to take better care of me in all ways, but mostly by being more mindful each day. A commitment to finishing a book and getting a new series started. That means I need to step away from social media for a bit. I’m not going full-on hiatus, but I am going to cut my Facebook and Twitter time down to once a day. I know that means I’ll miss some things and if I miss something important from you, I’m very sorry. But I am way too distracted by social media and the best thing I can do for myself as I work is to simply stay away.

I’ll be checking in here frequently each week–not sure how many days, but I’m hoping it can be my place to process stories and life in general. I hope you’ll all stop by and join me. I’ll be rethinking the social media hiatus the first of April, and who knows? I may not be able to stick to it. We’ll see, won’t we?

In the meantime, my gratitude for this first day of a new year and a new decade overflows. A few of the multitude of things I’m so thankful for in my life are my family, Husband and Son and Grandboy and DIL and sister…and all the folks who are in my family; my friends–in particular Liz, Moe, Connie, Di, Har and my other lake pals, my church friends, and friends old and new that I’ve found on Facebook; our new house; my writing and my publisher, who always supports me; my health–although I’m getting older, I’m still strong and pretty much healthy and when I’m not, I’m very grateful for my doctor.

My wish for all of you is a peaceful 2020, full of joy and hard work if you’re looking for it and the fulfillment of your dreams. Remember to hold your face to the sun, be grateful in all things, and love well.
~Nan~

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Book Blast Tour

November30

I tell you, mes amies, this book release has been quite a ride! In addition to releasing CHRISTMAS WITH YOU, book 3 in the Four Irish Brothers Winery series, my amazing publisher arranged a BookBub promotion of the first book in the series, A SMALL TOWN CHRISTMAS. The promotion was spectacular and resulted in putting that book in the #1 spot on the Amazon Kindle Free Books list for a few days. I was astounded and delighted at the read-through rate for book 2, MEANT TO BE and the newly released Christmas with You. Folks grabbed the free book and then immediately went back to download the other two in the series. Reviews have been fantastic and the read-through has even pushed sales of my Women of Willow Bay series. I’m so heartened and touched that readers like my free book enough to see what else is out there by Nan Reinhardt.

The fun continues starting December 2 and going through December 6 with a Book Blast Blog Tour for Christmas with You presented by Goddess Fish Promotions. So watch my Facebook page and Twitter for the places to go each day, where you can enter to win a $10 Starbucks gift card and a set of six handmade wine charms. I’m giving away five prize packages to five lucky winners in the continental US, so don’t miss the chance to enter.

In the meantime, enjoy the rest of this glorious holiday weekend–I’m stuffed full of turkey and cranberries and dressing and pie, are you? I’m hoping to work off some of the extra calories by heading to the new house to do some painting and cleaning to get ready for new carpet on Tuesday and then the movers on Thursday. Can’t wait to get in and make that sweet house our home. Then next Saturday, December 7, I’ll be at Whyte Horse Winery in Monticello, IN doing a book signing with my bestie, Liz Flaherty, whose new book THE HEALING SUMMER is now available at book retailers everywhere. There will be books and fun and wine and a drawing to win a gift bag full of goodies. If you’re in the area, stop by and see us!

Yeah, life is crazy busy right now and I’m pretty much going in twenty different directions, but I am so blessed and joy keeps me afloat. Gratitude for today: my life–right now, it’s pretty amazing. Remember, mes amies, hold your face to the sun, be grateful for all things, and love well. Oh, and keep in touch!

~Nan~

BookBub Day!

November23

A SMALL TOWN CHRISTMAS, Book 1 in the Four Irish Brothers Winery series from Tule Publishing is a BookBub Free book today through November 26! Don’t miss this chance to start the Flaherty brothers series! Don’t you just love a free book? It’s a great way to start a new series!

Reviews for A Small Town Christmas are wonderful, including this one: ” Nan Reinhardt at her best! I’m always a fan of setting, and Four Irish Brothers Winery is a great one. The story abounds with the sweet heat of a couple caught unaware, unsuspecting, and not particularly wanting to find romance. Add a charming little girl to the mix–not to mention the other Irish brothers!–and you have a great story for all times, but especially at Christmas. ” So, click and get it for free for a very limited time!

Winemaker and single father Conor Flaherty is determined to make this Christmas holiday special for his daughter even though his family’s winery, Four Irish Brothers, is facing some challenges.
High-octane Chicago attorney Samantha Hayes is looking forward to some delicious food, fine wine, small town charm, and a break from her hectic big city life when she agrees to do a favor for her boss and help his younger brother with a lawsuit that’s been slapped on his family’s historic winery in River’s Edge. She’s not expecting that her sexy new client will have a smile that will melt her heart and remind her that there’s more to life than work.
Sam falls hard for Conor, his daughter and the small, friendly town, but can she trust her instincts and risk her heart? Sam hasn’t seen a lot of happy-ever-afters in her life, but Conor and the magic of Christmas make her want to believe

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It’s Release Day and…

November21
Christmas with You

…we have a new house! Life is good! Stay tuned for more pictures and details, but here’s the picture of the front of our new home. Thanks for all the prayers about everything from book releases to finding our perfect home!

Our New Home

We are bursting with gratitude! Have a great day everyone!!

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New Week; Big Gratitude

November11

This is the start of a brand new week and although I haven’t done my gratitude days for a while, I have a really good reason for my absence, which will be revealed here one week from today. In the meantime, let’s talk about…whatever.

Right off, what the heck happened to fall? I mean, the leaves started changing, we had a few brisk days and suddenly, oh my gosh! It’s winter–like below freezing temps and snow! Now, I’ll grant you, the snow didn’t stick, but the temperatures in the 20s and teens sure did! Leaves are falling off the trees like crazy up here at the lake and poor old Husband nearly froze his bum off taking the boat around to the launch to pull it for the winter. However, it is now safe in storage and we are heading in the direction of getting the cottage ready for winter as well.

I’ve been crazy busy getting ready for the release of Christmas with You–book 3 in the Four Irish Brothers Winery series. That happens November 21 and then the Book Blast with Goddess Fish Promotions happens December 2 through 6. There’ll be fun prizes and giveaways during that week, so stay tuned and watch for announcements on Facebook and Twitter.
I gotta tell you, I love this story. Aidan is such a great character and Holly grew stronger and became quite a good woman by the end of the story. It’s fun to watch your characters develop as you write their story. Character arcs are probably the best part of creating a story, although setting runs a close second. Well, and secondary characters are a blast, too. I guess I love everything about writing.

Speaking of writing, I’ve got something new brewing in my head that I’m hoping will turn into a proposal for my publisher. It’s something different than I’ve ever written before, but I think I can pull it off. I have a friend who writes this genre (nope, it’s a secret until I see if my publisher is interested), so I’m going to contact him and process the idea with him and get his opinion. We’ll see…

So for now, that’s the news that’s fit to print. Be sure to check back here next week for big news! Can’t wait to share it with y’all! Until then, gratitude for this week is my family, my friends, time to write, changes coming together for the good, and always, my readers, who keep me focused on what’s next.
Remember to hold your face to the sun, be grateful for all things, and love well. ~Nan~

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Book Blast Tour!

October28

I know I owe this blog about fourteen days of gratitude and one huge day of gratitude for something that’s in the works. I purposely haven’t posted here for a couple of reasons. One is that although I don’t really believe in jinxing something by talking about it, I’m reluctant to start celebrating before it’s time. So hold tight and I promise, there will be news. The other reason is just plain busyness. Life has been complicated and so overwhelming for the past couple of weeks. But I’m here now and with some fun news.

Goddess Fish promotions is doing a Book Blast Tour for me December 2 through 6 to help me launch Christmas with You, book 3 in the Four Irish Brothers Winery series. Would love to have you sign up to participate. They send you everything you need to post, so all you have to do is post it. Merci, in advance!

I’m working on book 4 of the series and a proposal for a cozy for my publisher. Hold a good thought, okay? Gratitude for today:
Our kids and how gracious they’ve been to let us camp out in their basement while we house hunt.
Grandboy, who is such a sweet, sweet soul.
My editing work has slowed enough for me to breathe deeply at a time when deep breaths are what I need most in the world.
Hopefulness about house hunting
The lake, which is often the source of peace.

Have a good day today, mes amies, and remember to hold your face to the sun, be grateful for all things, and love well!

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