Friday, September 10

Retirement Calling by Jana Richards

I've got a lot going on in my life right now. Aside from working on two WIPs and launching UNEXPECTED into the world, I made the decision to retire from my part-time day job this fall. I haven't set an exact date; our fiscal year end was June 30 and we are in the process of having our annual audit done. Once that is completely finished, I will hang up my calculator. In the meantime, I'm busy training someone else to do all the fun things I do in accounting. 

I've thought about retiring before, at least a couple of times, but this time it's for sure. I like my work and I really like the people I work with, but I'm not as excited about coming to work as I used to be. We had quite a bit of turnover at the office in the last year with people going on to new jobs, so things aren't quite the same, and it's taken some of the wind out of my sails. After fifteen years, I've finally decided it's time to go.

I'm looking forward to this new chapter in my life. I've only worked part-time at this job, so it's always allowed me time to write, but perhaps now I can be even more productive, or maybe I can do more marketing things, like audiobooks. My only fear is that I'll procrastinate, thinking I've got all the time in the world. Yep, done that before.

But for the first time in my life, I can call myself a full-time writer! Yay!

Speaking of writing, and marketing, I have a couple of sales I want to tell you about.

The pre-order sale for UNEXPECTED continues for another week, until September 17. Pick up your ecopy at Amazon and Apple for $2.99. 

A marriage of convenience. An unexpected love.

Single dad Ben Greyson wants only to retain custody of his two stepdaughters. A dysfunctional childhood has made family the most important thing in his life. When his late wife's parents sue for custody, a desperate Ben is left with two choices – run away with his girls or marry his next-door neighbor.

Jamie Garven wants to be a mother. She's intrigued by her handsome new neighbor and falls in love with his little girls. Then Ben is faced with losing his children, and Jamie agrees to marry him for a chance at motherhood. They're determined to show the world, and the girls' grandparents, two loving parents.

Their marriage of convenience turns into unexpected love. But Ben interprets Jamie's efforts to save their family as betrayal—they could lose everything, including each other.

Read an excerpt on my website

And this week, TO HEAL A HEART, book 2 in the Masonville series, is on sale for .99 cents at Amazon, Apple and Barnes & Noble.

Two souls in pain, two hearts in need of rescue.

Garrett Saunders' world changed two years ago on a road in Afghanistan. Back home, he feels like a stranger. As he struggles to find his place in the world, he meets a horse destined for the slaughterhouse and a woman bent on rescuing the strays of the world, including him.

Blair Greyson moves to Masonville to look after her ailing grandfather and give her rescue horses a home. Right away she butts heads with a surly former Marine. Despite a rocky start, they come to an agreement: Blair will board Garrett's rescue horse and he'll help with repairs around her farm.

Garrett finds purpose working with Blair—and falls in love with her. But she's hiding a secret. Can she forgive herself and accept Garrett's love, or will she let guilt and regret continue to rule her life?

Read an excerpt on my website.  


  1. Oh, what an adventure you're about to have! I hope you love every minute!

    1. I hope so, Liz. I have to admit I'm a little worried about not getting out of the house and seeing people often enough. I can turn into something of a hermit if I'm not careful! But I'm ready not to be working.

  2. Retirement! I know you'll love every moment and I am pea green with envy! <>

    1. Thanks Nan! I may be retiring from the day job but I'm not really retiring from work. I tell people I plan to continue writing until I can no longer form sentences!

  3. On to the next and greatest chapter in your own story, Jana! Good for you.

    1. Thanks Janie. You have such a lovely way of putting things!

  4. ooh, sounds like a lot of fun is coming your way. Congrats, Jana!