Nan Reinhardt, Author

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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~

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~

Happy New Year!

January1

I’m writing this post on December 30 because I won’t be near my computer on January 1, 2019. I’ll be celebrating the new year with dear friends and hopefully, being pretty much electronics-free. But I didn’t want to miss a chance to start the new year with my best wishes to all my followers and readers for a joyful and peaceful and successful 2019.

It’s been a rough few years for all of us, especially 2018, with the chaos in the country and life feeling so out of our control. My prayer for the country, for my loved ones, and for me is that we chill out. Stop and breathe. Take time to be grateful to be living in a time when every day is a miracle. Slow down. Live each moment because they’re never coming again.

2019 will bring big changes for me and mine and it may for you as well. I plan to enjoy all the new challenges that are coming up, cherish my family and friends and try to see the changes as adventures to be relished, not mountains to be overcome.

I’ll be writing at least two more books in 2019, continuing the Four Irish Brothers Winery series for Tule Publishing, continuing to blog here and Word Wranglers and wherever else I’m welcome, and I’ll be editing to earn my keep.

So all that said, I’m starting 2019 with a gratitude list because I believe firmly that being grateful is the key to happiness. As the new year begins, I’m thankful for my family–my kids, dear Husband, my sister, my brother, and all the others who are in my extended family. I’m grateful for my friends–my besties who keep me sane and writing and on track and who listen graciously and always have my back. I’m glad for the technology that allows me to work and earn money. I’m thankful for Tule Publishing, who took a chance on me and continues to believe in my writing. I’m thankful for my home and for the new home that’s coming up for us in the new year.

Happy New Year to one and all and 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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Merry Christmas

December24

It’s a particularly blessed holiday for this writer/editor. So many wonderful things are happening right now, not the least of which is the incredibly warm reception my newest novel, A SMALL TOWN CHRISTMAS, has received. I’m so grateful to all my faithful readers and excited to welcome all the new readers who’ve come on board with this new series. 2019 will bring two more Four Irish Brothers Winery stories, so stay tuned.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and the happiest of New Years.
And 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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Holiday Giveaway

December20

It’s the holidays! Time for lights and decorations and singing and great food and wine and gifts! Oh, and speaking of gifts, how about a little holiday giveaway? I’d love to give away three e-copies of my new holiday romance–A SMALL TOWN CHRISTMAS. 

Here’s all you need to do for a chance to win an e-copy of the book–just comment below and tell me your favorite kind of holiday treat. I’ll pick 3 winners at random from the Comments section and announce the names Monday morning (December 24) here on this post and on my Facebook page, so be sure to check back!**

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

So…come join in the fun and tell me what you love to eat at Christmas! I’ll start–I love mince pie!

**Giveaway Rules: No purchase necessary. Open to entries from Thursday, December 20 to Monday, December 24 at 6 am EST. Must be 18 or older to enter. Winners are chosen at random and gifts will be e-mailed to winners on December 24, 2018. Odds of winning are determined by the number of entries. Void where prohibited.

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

 

 

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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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