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Melissa McClone Has a New Christmas Romance and a Giveaway!

December12

I’m so happy to welcome author pal, Melissa McClone today! 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. She’s now a USA Today Bestselling author and has also been nominated for Romance Writers of America’s RITA® award. 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!

Christmas romances are my very favorite romance novels. What’s yours? Tell me your favorite kind of romance to read in the comment section to be entered to win a $10 Amazon gift card (sent via email).  I’ll pick a winner at random from the Comments section and announce the name Monday morning (December 17) here on this post and on my Facebook page, so be sure to check back! The winner must contact me by Monday, December 21 to claim their prize, so please check back to see if you won.**

Note: Comments are moderated, so yours may not show up immediately, but it will be there as I check comments throughout the day.

Here’s the blurb for The Christmas Window:

A matchmaking aunt wants her nephew to find love under the mistletoe…

All doggy daycare owner Callie Andrews wants for Christmas is to win first prize this year. The annual window display competition is a huge event in Silver Falls, and she’s determined to showcase her success when her family visits her small town. It’s time for her parents and three older brothers to realize the “baby” of the family is thriving on her own.

The last thing Brandt Winslow wants to do is rehash the past, but returning home to Silver Falls means confronting the reason he left. His vacation, however, takes an unexpected turn when his well-meaning aunt meddles in his love life, and he finds himself caught up in her misguided efforts at matchmaking.

Despite their reluctance at being paired up, Callie and Brandt discover the holidays are full of surprises…and romance. But is the magic of Christmas strong enough to keep the couple together through the new year?

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EXCERPT:

December might be six days away, but Silver Falls was ready for Christmas with fresh garland strung across First Avenue, streetlights decorated like candy canes, and twinkling lights, well, everywhere. The scents of pine and cedar hung on the air. The dusting of snow resembled pixie dust, another reminder of the magic of the season.

As Callie Andrews walked toward Wags and Tails, her doggy daycare, warmth flowed through her despite the freezing temperature on this overcast Monday morning. She loved how her small town celebrated the holidays. Loved the Christmas traditions of the First Avenue Business Association. Loved the nonstop cheer that overflowed from Thanksgiving to December twenty-fifth.

Who was she kidding?

She loved everything about this place.

Silver Falls was home.

Moving here and buying a business were the best decisions she’d made. This year would mark her third December in Silver Falls. She wanted to make the most of the holidays, especially with her family coming to visit. This Christmas would be perfect. Especially if her plans—updated last night on the flight home after spending Thanksgiving with her family in Los Angeles—worked out.

Why wouldn’t they?

Up ahead, a blue compact SUV parked in front of Tea Leaves & Coffee Beans, the only coffee shop in town. Raine Hanover—owner and barista extraordinaire—slid from the driver’s seat, opened the hatchback, and removed a large wreath.

“Good morning.” Callie stopped in front of the coffee shop’s window display of potted poinsettias, large bags of coffee beans painted with Norman Rockwell-type Christmas images, and twinkling white lights. “I hope you had a good Thanksgiving.”

“It was great, though I need to lose ten pounds after eating too many slices of pumpkin pie smothered in whipped cream.” Raine shut the hatch. “Thank goodness for leggings. No way could I zip my jeans this morning.”

“I know the feeling.”

A man wearing black sweats, a gray hoodie, and tennis shoes crossed the street toward them. He couldn’t be out for a morning run. Not without a hat and gloves. Must not be from around here.

He stepped onto the curb, giving Callie a full view of his face. Her jaw nearly dropped. He was gorgeous.

Her stomach fluttered.

Raine inhaled sharply. She must have noticed, too.

“Good morning.” His light brown hair was carelessly styled, almost as if he’d crawled out of bed and used his fingers as a comb.

Callie double-checked to make sure she wasn’t drooling. His stubble was sexy. Glasses gave him a nerdy vibe, but did nothing to dull his vibrant eyes. Drowning in those pools of blue would be so easy to do, but what a way to go.

**Giveaway Rules: No purchase necessary. Open to entries from Wednesday December 12 to Monday, December 17 at 6 am EST. Must be 18 or older to enter. Winner is chosen at random and must claim their prize by 12/21/18. Odds of winning are determined by the number of entries. Not responsible for loss or damage during shipping. Unclaimed prizes will be given away at a later date, either here on the website or on my Facebook page. Void where prohibited.

Deb Salonen Has A Free Book!

November24

I’m so pleased and excited to welcome writer pal and fellow Tule author Debra Salonen back to the blog. As a former award-winning newspaper journalist, Debra is a nationally bestselling author with 26 published novels for Harlequin’s Superromance and American lines and one single title release for Harlequin Signature. Several of her titles were nominated for “Best Superromance,” including UNTIL HE MET RACHEL, which took home that honor in 2010. Debra was named Romantic Times Reviewer’s Career Achievement “Series Storyteller of the Year” in 2006. She lives in the foothills near Yosemite National Park in California with her husband and two dogs. Luckily, her two children and three grandchildren live close by to keep her connected to the real world. Take it away, Deb…

As a “hybrid” author (some of my books are published by Tule Publishing and some titles are self-published through my company: Loner Llama Press), I’ve had the great good luck to have several BookBub promotions that Tule procured. Today, my very first Indie BookBub promotion is scheduled to come out. PRINCE CHARMING UNDERCOVER – Book I in the Betting On Love series—is FREE in all markets, from all vendors.

Here’s the cautionary tale part of this happily-ever-after tale: the process of changing the price of an already published book can be a bit daunting, so my advice is start early to make sure all publishers get the message. 😉 The extra dozen or so gray hairs on my head are a testament to the anxiety that came from checking daily to see if Amazon—key player in this drama—had changed the price. Every day for two weeks…the answer was: no change. I had dozens of friends and readers send in the “I found it at a lower price” notice on Amazon’s product page. I submitted the links to every one of Amazon’s competitors who made the change in price several times a day. And yet…it took three emails to KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) to find a service rep who took the matter to heart and made the change happen. Whew!

 http://littl.ink/CHARMINGAZ 

http://littl.ink/CHARMINGBN

http://littl.ink/CHARMINGGoogle

http://littl.ink/CHARMINGIB 

http://littl.ink/CHARMINGKOBO 

I have to say, this process has made me a true fan of KOBO. The support staff was kind and helpful and—once I figured out what was required on my part— the change went through instantaneously. Most impressive. So, if you’re a KOBO reader in these world markets, please grab your free copy before 12/15. (I’m told they are also very punctual about changing it back to full price.) 😉

KOBOCA: https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/prince-charming-undercover

KOBOAU: https://www.kobo.com/au/en/ebook/prince-charming-undercover

KOBOGB: https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/prince-charming-undercover 

If you’re asking, “What’s a BookBub ad and why is Deb freaking out over it?” you are missing out on a lot of free and discounted books in the genres you love to read—and special sale announcements from your favorite authors. If you’d like to follow me, here’s the link: BookBub  

Happy reading, my friends! And remember your kind reviews are greatly appreciated! #reviewersrock

~Deb~

PS: in case you’re a fan of connected stories and would like to read the entire series…you’ll find links in the back of PRINCE CHARMING UNDERCOVER!

Playing with Promo

November16

I’m learning to make promo pieces and man, am I having fun! I’m doing it with Canva, an online program that lets me create graphics for free. I’ve been experimenting since right before A SMALL TOWN CHRISTMAS released and used some of my handiwork to promote the book. Here’s my favorite one. The top is a graphic that the amazing Lee Hyat did for me, but I added the bottom part. When I get a little better at this, I’ll go find some  more great winery photos, either in my own collection or I’ll buy some and see what I can do.

Here’s one I created to show what great reviews the book is getting. I realize I’m using the same concept for all of them right now, but I’m constrained by not having the full program and maybe a little intimidated about trying anything fancier. I like the simple lines in these. However, This program is so much fun, I’m seriously considering signing up for the full version. I think I could get really creative just in time for Sean’s book… Oh, have I mentioned that Sean’s story is coming up next. It is… more on that next time.

Anyway, that’s been my late-night fun after long, long days of editing.

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

~Nan

 

 

The Grand Finale!

November3

Today is the grand finale of my PRISM Book Blog Tour. I hope you had as much fun as I did visiting all the different book blogs and reviewers. It’s been an exciting week for me and I have to confess I’m very proud of A SMALL TOWN CHRISTMAS and extremely blessed to have the fabulous support of my publisher, Tule Publishing and all my friends and family. So thank you, everyone, for helping make this book lunch the best ever! It’s not quite over–if you missed any of the blogs or reviews, you can find links to all of them here.

Remember, the giveaway is open until Wednesday, November 7, so there’s still time to enter for a chance to win a fun prize package. Just click the picture above or the link in the text.

Thank again and hold tight–the next Four Irish Brothers Winery story is in the works, so stay tuned!

~Nan

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PRISM Book Tour for A Small Town Christmas

October29

Thank you very much for coming along on my Prism Book Tour for A Small Town Christmas—the first book in my new Four Irish Brothers Winery series for Tule Publishing. I’m so excited about this book and about this series—Conor, Sean, Brendan, and Aidan Flaherty have been in my head for quite some time, banging around, insisting that their stories be told.

A Small Town Christmas is Conor’s story. He’s the winemaker at Four Irish Brothers, the Flaherty’s historic family winery in the little town of River’s Edge; he’s also a widower and the father of four-year-old Ali, who steals every scene she’s in. Sam Hayes, the attorney who comes down from Chicago to help Conor with a lawsuit, is charmed by Ali, the quirky citizens of River’s Edge, and most especially by a certain handsome winemaker. I hope you enjoy A Small Town Christmas and leave the story anxious for more of the four Irish brothers. Have fun and Happy Holidays!

A Small Town Christmas

(Four Irish Brothers Winery #1)

By Nan Reinhardt

Contemporary Romance

Paperback & ebook, 185 Pages

October 29th 2018 by Tule Publishing

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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Tour Giveaway

5 winners will receive: a wine-themed kitchen towel and potholder set, 6 handmade wineglass charms, and an autographed copy of the first book in Nan’s Women of Willow Bay series, ONCE MORE FROM THE TOP.

Open to US only |  Ends November 7, 2018

 

 

 

 

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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

It’s a Party!

October13

My publisher, Tule Publishing, is having a Holiday Release Party over at the Tule Book Club Facebook group on Oct. 16th 4-7 p.m. PST to celebrate the new Christmas romances we have releasing in the next few weeks. It’s going to be a load of fun and we all have great giveaways planned. If you aren’t a member of the Tule Book Club on Facebook yet, come on by and join in the fun! We’ll have a great time and it’s the place to meet all your favorite Tule authors, including yours truly!  Come on by next Tuesday, 4-7 Pacific Time, which is 7-10 Eastern Time. Hope to see you there!

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Welcome Lynne Marshall!

October9

I’m excited to be hosting romance author and pal, Lynne Marshall today and celebrating the release of her newest book from Tule Publishing, Sweet Home Montana. Check out a fun excerpt from the book below and keep reading for a chance to enter a Rafflecopter giveaway where 2 winners will receive ebooks of Her Baby, His Love and Their Christmas Miracle. The giveaway is open internationally and ends October 17.

Lynne used to worry she had a serious problem with daydreaming, then she discovered she was supposed to write the stories in her head. A late bloomer, Lynne came to fiction writing after her children were nearly grown. Now she battles the empty nest by writing stories which always include a romance, sometimes medicine, a dose of mirth, or both, but always stories from her heart. She is a Southern California native, married for almost thirty years, has two adult children she is super proud of, is a dog lover, cat admirer, a power walker, and fellow traveler on this wild road called life!

You’ll find Lynne everywhere, just click any of the links below:

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Here’s the blurb for Sweet Home Montana:

Entrepreneur Wade Conrad is called home to act as a temporary guardian for his teenage half-brother, who’s acting out and needs strong guidance. Wade feels they are both floundering, so he seeks help for Brent at Healing Heart Acres, an equine therapy center.

Erin Chase has been working as an equine therapist since her fiancé called off their wedding with no explanation three years ago. She personally enjoys the peace found through animal therapy and believes in passing on the gift. When Erin meets Wade, she’s instantly drawn to his concern for his brother, as well as his kindness and charm.

Wade treasures time spent with Erin. They both long for more, but Wade’s leaving for California soon and his brother’s needs come first. Will he take a chance on love before it’s too late?

 She’s sharing an excerpt with us today:

Once Wade took off, Erin recovered and wandered over to Brent, who sat on a bench staring at his boots. “Mind if I join you?”

He glanced up. Rather than answering, he tipped his chin up, as in yes.

She sat gingerly on the other end of the bench. “I guess I read you wrong.”

He tossed her a confused and perturbed glance. “He tell you I don’t talk to him because he doesn’t like being my brother?”

“No. He mentioned the counselor at school was concerned about you picking fights, though. It’s quite clear to me he’s worried about you, and that’s why he brought you here.”

“Well, maybe I don’t want to be here.” He lobbed a petulant stare at her.

“That part I read easily enough. What I got wrong was thinking you might be an animal person.”

“Why would you think that?” He pulled in his chin.

“Because of that moose cap you’re wearing.”

His tense gaze relaxed. “They’re okay.”

“What about horses?” She knew a lot of people were afraid of the size of horses. “Do any riding?”

“Not since I was ten. I got thrown from a horse. My father said it was my fault. I don’t think horses like me much.”

For a kid who didn’t talk much, he’d just said a lot. “Horses are smart. They can tell when a person’s afraid. Some horses are ornery, too, but that’s not the kind we keep here at the acres.”

“What’s the point of this place? Why should I come here?”

Buy links for Sweet Home Montana:

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2 winners will receive ebooks of Her Baby, His Love and Their Christmas Miracle

Open internationally

Ends October 17th

 

 

Pre-Order A Small Town Christmas Now!

September19

I’m so excited I can hardly breathe! My new book, A Small Town Christmas, is now available for pre-order! Go to Tule Publishing and you’ll find all the links you could possibly want or need to get this fun holiday romance delivered to your e-reader on October 29. Hurry, hurry and reserve your copy now! And get ready for all kinds of festivities before and after the release because I will be everywhere, sharing the book! Lots of wine fun and there will be giveaways!

Join me on October 16 from 4-7 pm Pacific Time (7-10 EST) for the Tule Book Club Holiday Facebook Party! I’ll be there along with a host of other terrific Tule authors and we’ll all be talking holiday romances. Don’t miss it!

I love this story, I love this cover, and I love being a Tule Girl!

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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Happy Birthday, Tule Publishing!

September7

My publisher is celebrating a birthday this weekend and we are all getting a gift! Check it out! 50% off at our bookshop! Head on over and check out some fabulous books at a fabulous price! Happy birthday, Tule! I’m so glad to be a part of the Tule family!

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