Friday, April 12

On a Personal Note...Family News by #JanaRichards

Over the last three months there’s been a lot of things going on with my family, some great and some that we hope will be great in the future. First of all, in March my husband had knee replacement surgery. That’s one of the not-so-great things. Though he’s gone through quite a lot of pain, and is still experiencing discomfort, we believe it will be worth it. His knees have been bad for years and he really needed this surgery. The sucky part is that in about six months, he’s going to have to do the whole thing all over again with the other knee. 

My husband Warren looking sad shortly after his surgery. I can't blame him!
In March, both of my daughters went to Mexico. My older daughter attended the destination wedding of a friend. She had planned to go with her boyfriend, but they broke up shortly after Christmas, so she attended on her own. On the career front, she’s doing great. In March she began producing the local morning show for the TV station she works for. Even though it means getting to work at an obscenely early hour, she’s loving it. I couldn’t be happier for her because there was a time when her job prospects weren’t so great. Now, if only her love life improved.

Getting some rays in Mexico
On the other end of the romance spectrum, my younger daughter went to Mexico with her boyfriend, and while they were there, they got engaged. We knew it was coming because a couple of days before they left, her boyfriend visited to tell us he planned to ask her to marry him. We were thrilled and his actions only solidified our fondness for this young man. He made us feel like part of their big event, even though we weren’t there. So, now we have a wedding to plan. And help pay for. (Yikes!) The kids are looking for venues for August 2020. 

The engagement ring. Isn't it beautiful?
And me? On the bright side, CHILD OF MINE, Book 1 in the Masonville series, my small-town contemporary romance series, released in February. On the not-so-bright side, I’ve been working on book 2 since last fall and I’m still not done. I worked a lot of hours at the day job over the fall and winter because we were short-handed, so it cut back my writing time. To make things worse, a flare-up of an old back problem zapped my energy. 

Blah, blah, blah, excuses, excuses. 

Anyway, I’m back on track (I think) with book 2. I think I’ve also figured out who’s going to be in books 3 and 4 and what the conflicts will be. So, progress. Not as far along in the project as I wanted to be at this point, but it’s something.

Just over a quarter of 2019 gone and so much has happened. What big news do you have from the first three months of the year?


  1. I loved this, knowing what's going on in your family. All the Wranglers got to experience your daughter's engagement vicariously and we all loved it! My husband has two new knees and they have been a godsend. He says they're "not like real knees but a hell of a lot better than bad knees." I love that cover, and you'll get Book 2 done. I don't have big news so far, and I'm good with that. :-)

    1. Liz, the Word Wranglers were the only people I shared the news of our daughter's engagement before the happy couple actually shared the news themselves (on Facebook of course!). I was on pins and needles because we found out on a Wednesday that Aaron was going to ask Rachel to marry him, and he didn't actually ask her until Monday night. He had it all planned out; a romantic dinner for just the two of them on the beach, a photographer waiting in the bushes to take pictures. Very romantic!

  2. Thanks for sharing all you news, Jana! Sending healing energy to your husband and congratulations to your daughters--jobwise and engagement-wise, respectively. Great cover! I'm waiting on mine for book of FIBW...hope it's as pretty as the first one! We're in the throes of house-selling--it's somewhat arduous. Hope your back improves! Hugs!

  3. Warren is coming along. He's very determined to do his exercises and rehab because he wants to golf this summer. Thanks for your words on my cover. Can't wait for your new book and I'm happy to read and review again!
    P.S. My back is much better, but I have to continue doing exercises to strengthen and stretch.

  4. Love hearing about you and yours! I think your daughter's job sounds like such fun---could be a book job, lol. Healing thoughts to your hubby.