Saturday, February 24

Love at Solace Lake Series Available for Pre-Order @JanaRichards_


I'm thrilled to announce that after a long gestation period, I've launched my Love at Solace Lake series into the world! The three books in the series are now available for pre-order at Amazon. I feel like I've given birth to triplets!

Let me introduce you to the series. Here's the series blurb:

Love is worth the risk…

When their grandfather dies, the Lindquist sisters, Harper, Scarlet and Maggie, inherit the northern Minnesota fishing lodge that had been in their family for three generations. The inheritance is bittersweet. They were raised at the lodge by their grandparents. The natural beauty of the place hasn’t changed, but the building itself is crumbling and desperately in need of repair. The lodge also reminds them of what they lost. Twenty-two years previously, their parents died there in what was ruled a murder/suicide.

 As the sisters struggle to breathe new life into the failing lodge, old fears and questions rise to the surface even as new love presents itself. Why did their father murder their mother? What truths did their grandparents keep from them? The sisters must fight to keep the wounds of the past from putting their futures, and their fledgling relationships, in jeopardy.



Lies and Solace:
She can’t live with one more lie. He can’t tell the truth.

Harper Lindquist is convinced she’s found the answer to her financial prayers. Unless she pours cash into crumbling Solace Lake Lodge, she’ll lose her family’s legacy. Her would-be savior arrives in the middle of a Minnesota blizzard and she’s determined to prove to her reluctant, and trapped, financier the lodge is a sound investment. But Harper isn’t completely honest with him. And she has no idea the lake is hiding secrets of its own.

Ethan James is a liar, but his money is very real. He isn’t convinced a broken-down inn is a smart investment opportunity. But the more he understands Harper’s dreams and desires, the more he wants to be the man to make them come true. The trauma in both their pasts means neither can fully trust the other. They must find the courage to love, to trust, and to accept, or yesterday’s sorrows will keep them apart.

Pre-Order Buy Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079TDDSY4 




Secrets and Solace:
No matter how deeply buried, secrets rise to the surface.

Scarlett Lindquist has agreed to help her sisters rebuild the dilapidated fishing lodge in Minnesota they inherited from their grandparents. Although the lengthy restoration is bringing the three sisters closer together, Scarlett’s support is temporary. Her leave of absence from her job in Chicago is temporary and she has no intention of staying at Solace Lake Lodge, where the lake holds dark secrets. When frightening childhood memories resurface, they are tempered by her fascination with an irritating contractor. If only she could trust her feelings for him. If only he could trust her.


Cameron Hainstock meets Scarlett at his brother’s wedding to her sister and their attraction is instantaneous. But Cam avoids the beautiful marketing executive. All his efforts are aimed at battling for custody of his only child. When the unimaginable happens and Cam faces the biggest challenge of his life, he’s reluctant to accept help to halt his downward spiral. Can they learn to trust each other and fight for a future together or will they go their separate ways?

Pre-Order Buy Links: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079WGSNWD



Truth and Solace:
The truth could destroy them. Or set them free.

Maggie Lindquist left Solace Lake determined never to return. Circumstances have pulled her back and she’s helping to restore her family’s dilapidated fishing lodge. When she agreed to the plan she didn’t expect to have to work side by side with the man who abandoned her ten years earlier. She didn’t expect to like him, or want him ever again. But can she trust him as she once did?

Luke Carlsson rushes home to tend to his ailing mother. Her lengthy illness means he needs to stay, at least temporarily. And to stay, he needs to work. Solace Lake Lodge offers him a job and an opportunity to work with the woman he’s never stopped loving. But the restoration is unleashing secrets hidden for decades and no one is left unscathed. Especially not Maggie and Luke, whose love needs to be resilient enough to forgive, and strong enough to build a future together.


Read excerpts of the books at my website at http://www.janarichards.com/books.html 



Wednesday, February 21

Holding On and Memories ~ @AuthorKristina Knight

Photo Courtesy: Photo by Jessica Ruscello on Unsplash
Spring might still be a month or so away, calendar wise, but don't tell RadioMan. For the past week we've been cleaning out our attic and garage. With bebe about to hit her double digit (I can't believe she's going to be 10 in a couple months...I really, really can't), we decided it's finally time to get rid of the old baby stuff - cribs, high chairs, walkers, swings...you get the drift. We've hauled and cleaned and stacked and priced and stacked some more and had more people calling to see what all we're selling than...well, than Moses, I suppose. Tonight, after she finally went down, DH and I collapsed on the couch and zoned out in front of the television. And I realized something.

Of the hundreds of little items we're planning to get rid of  sell this spring, we've still got a gajillion that I'm just never going to be able to part with. There is her first Christmas dress and those first baby shoes, the little doll that is so raggedy it doesn't look like more than a dust cloth, but she dragged it around so long that I can't bear to let it go. Her first Bengals jersey, her first day of pre-school (and Kindergarten) outfits...and even more, the framed pictures. I have the worlds largest picture frame collection, I think, because my camera is never far from my fingertips and I have a major addiction slight problem when it comes to cute or funny or silly or beautiful or antique or ultra-mod photo frames. I just can't leave them on store shelves. We have pictures from vacations and family events, from backyard BBQs and snowplowing days, of bebe reading or playing, of DH doing something silly or me falling over my own clutzy feet. Pictures surround us, and although I may put a few of those pictures 'to rest' (meaning into an actual scrapbook) one of these days, they'll never actually leave us.

Isn't that the way it's supposed to be?

How about you? Are you a photo-freak like me? Or do you collect something else to mark those memorable occasions and moments?

Monday, February 19

Every day an adventure... @Liz Flaherty

Shhh...I know this isn't my day anymore, but I wanted to share this anyway. I know every day isn't really an adventure, unless you're planning on eating my cooking, but it's so much fun when something new comes along.

I've written "Window Over the Sink" off and on for 30 years for different newspapers. Nowadays, I print the old ones (mostly) on my blog. Some Word Wranglers posts make it there, too, if I'm being particularly thoughty or...ahem...annoying.

So the Window's open in a new place these days. You can find it every Saturday at Peru Indiana Todaythe online venue for local news. I am excited and happy to be "out there" again. It is indeed an adventure.

Have a great week!

Saturday, February 17

Wednesday, February 14

Happy Valentine's Day!





Well, kids, it’s Valentine’s Day. I have to confess, for a long time, I wasn’t a believer. I used to think it was a stupid day invented by card and candy companies to sell a bunch of products. We didn’t need a holiday to celebrate the fact that we were in love. We didn’t need to buy one another mushy cards or candy or flowers. It was just not necessary to line the pockets of big companies. Husband and I love one another every day and we pretty much say so every day. We exchange lots of kisses and hugs throughout the day—more since he’s been retired and is around a lot more. 

So why is it important for us, after 45 years of marriage to celebrate Valentine’s Day? Because Valentine’s Day is about love and what’s more important than that? So we're going to the symphony to hear a special Valentine's Day concert of love songs. Pretty perfect. 

But we don’t just do something for us on February 14, we make sure to let the people in our lives know how special they are to us. It doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive. So today, there's a sweet little card for Grandboy—this year it had an otter on it. And calls or texts to Son and DIL with a “Happy Valentine’s Day—we love you” message and a frilly card for Husband’s mom who’s celebrating her 92nd Valentine’s Day this year. I'll do a quick check-in with Sister PJ just to say, “I’m glad you’re my sister and I love you.” And I'll remember to say, “Happy Valentine’s Day, bestie” when Liz and I gChat this morning. 

It’s all about showing some love, so here’s a list of a dozen or so random people that I’m wishing a Happy Valentine’s Day to...with love:

My lake buddies—wow, do I miss you guys and I can’t wait for spring!
Husband’s brother and his wife, my brother, and all my nieces, nephews and cuzzies
My pals CL and Di and Mary--friendships I count on even when we don't see each other every week
My pastor, who always shows me so much love and concern
All the people I know who are struggling with cancer
The high school classmate who just lost her husband—my heart aches for her.
My church family
My hairdresser—she gets good hair love because I love my hair
My editors at Tule Publishing
My freelancer colleagues—it’s a great community
My writerly crew—can’t imagine my life without you
My swimming instructor—you show up and you make me work. Thank you.
All the docs and NPs in my life who help keep me strong and healthy
 I could easily add a bunch more to this list, but instead, I'm inviting you to join me--in the comments, tell me five random people you'd like to send a little extra love to today. Come on...let's show some Valentine love. Oh, and Happy Valentine's Day!
~Nan~