Nan Reinhardt, Author

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

October23

Okay, so not an old dog, more like an old lady can learn new tricks. Working with Tule Publishing has taught me so much about writing, but also about how important book promotion is.

Here’s the thing, I’m not good at self-promotion. As a matter of fact, I suck at it. I don’t like drawing attention to myself, although isn’t that what writing is really? Except in my books, it’s not me that’s getting attention–it’s the people in my head. But after their story is told, somebody’s got to let the world know it’s there, and that’s the promotion part that I’m simply dreadful at. (I know, my freshman comp prof is choking at that sentence, but the whole never-end-a-sentence-with-a-preposition rule is falling by the wayside, so I’m leaving it,)

Oh, that reminds me of a joke! A girl is at a fancy party and she’s meeting lots of new people. At one point, she’s introduced to a very la-di-da lady and asks the woman, “Where are you from?” The lady looks down her nose and replies, “I’m from a place where we don’t end our sentences with a preposition.” The girl answers, “Oh, so sorry. Where are you from, bitch?”

See, even talking about promotion is hard for me… The point of this post… well, hell, I’ve forgotten the point. Oh, yeah, it was to say that the next month or so will be filled with promotion for A SMALL TOWN CHRISTMAS, so get ready. (Did you see what I did there? I put book promotion right in that sentence with a link to the book. Sometimes we sneak it in on you.) I’ll be all over the Web, FB, Twitter, Instagram. You will be sick of me and my book, but hold tight and bear with me. Hey, I know, let’s practice. Take a look at this cool graphic I created in my attempt to learn how to do book promotion. Fun, huh?

I’m going to be doing some pretty fun promotion things though, like an interview at USA Today‘s HEA blog and appearing on other great book blogs. I’ll be doing a Meet the Author at the library in our little lake town on December 1, possibly signing books at the wInery again, and speaking to the book club at my church, which I think is very cool. I am so honored that they’re reading Saving Sarah for their November book and have asked me to come and talk about the book and writing. (I did it again–snuck in a little promo.)

Anyway, hang in there with me, okay? I promise not to be too annoying. As always, mes amies, remember to hold your face to the sun, be grateful for all things, and love well.

~Nan

Wine, Writing & Romance

August29

What’s more fun that doing a book-signing at a winery? Not much. My writing BFF Liz Flaherty and I did just that on Saturday and we had a ball. The good folks at Whyte Horse Winery, in the little lake town where Husband and I have our cottage, opened their doors to us and our readers. We had wine and snacks and books and wine and lemonade and wine and did I mention we had wine? It was wonderful getting to meet readers and answering their questions about writing. Our husbands acted as cashiers while we sold and signed books. Good buddy Maureen was a lovely hostess for us, setting up cookie trays, greeting guests, and inviting them to fill out a slip to win the tote full of goodies we were giving away.

A delightful reader named Terri (she’s the second one from the right on our picture above) won the tote and all fun stuff in it–wine, wineglasses, wine charms, apple butter, apple and wine kitchen towels, earrings, books, a candle . . . lots of cool things for her to remember our event by. It was so fun to see our readers, who were mostly strangers to one another, bond over wine and romance novels. Another big score for love . . . and wine!

All in all, it was a very successful day and Liz and I both appreciated the opportunity to introduce readers to our current books and the new ones we have releasing soon! Not sure when our next event will be, but I’ll keep you posted! Until then, as always, mes amies, remember, hold your face to the sun, be grateful for all things, and love well.

Nan

Woot!! I’m Featured This Week!

May1

Celebrating Seasoned Romance–Why?

February6

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!

Still On Sale!

October1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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I’m at USA Today!

September27

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

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Release Day!!

September26

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ManyBooks . . . and I’m One of Them!

September24

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

Today’s gratitude:

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

Make it a great day!

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BookBub for the Win!

September15

My Bookbub ad posted exactly a week ago and the results were amazing! I had a very successful campaign and whole new crop of readers discovered the Women of Willow Bay, which makes me very happy. All in all, I’d do it again in a heartbeat.

Here’s the great news, the sale price on ONCE MORE FROM THE TOP is still in effect and will be until the end of September, so if you haven’t met the Women of Willow Bay, well, now’s the time. Head on over to Amazon or any other ebook outlet and grab the first book in the series. Hopefully, you’ll be captured by Carrie and Julie and want to continue on in the series, before you pick up Saving Sarah, either with a pre-order or when it releases on September 26.

I’m going to set the series on the back burner for now, while I work on a new book with entirely new characters and a brand-new setting. More on that later . . . meanwhile, enjoy the Women of Willow Bay and as always, thanks for your support!

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BookBub!

September8

Today, ONCE MORE FROM THE TOP is a 99-cent deal on BookBub. If you’re an author trying to promote your books, you already know what a big deal this is and why I’m so jacked up about it. If you’re not, suffice to say, this is HUGE! BookBub reaches a lot of folks–like millions, so my name and my Women of Willow Bay series is in front of a whole bunch of new readers. They only accept about 15-20 percent of the ads submitted to them, so to get this one so close to releasing SAVING SARAH is a gift from promotion heaven.

Pop by BookBub and check out my deal and if you aren’t a subscriber, go ahead and become one. It only takes a sec to sign up and you’ll get an email every day telling you about great deals on e-books! Like this one!

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