For the final installment in my summer series of (some of) My Favorite Authors, say hello to Nan Reinhardt. Nan and I connected after I read her debut novel, Rule Number One. Loved it, love her! Nan writes “grown-up love stories,” proving that we’re never too old for romance. :-)
Hey Nan, welcome to my blog, and thanks for finishing out the summer with this feature! Of course, I have a few questions for you. First off, I’m going to ask you to cast ONCE MORE FROM THE TOP, your featured novel (and the book that you’re giving away at the end of this post):
NB: I’ve always seen Kimberly Williams Paisley in the role of Carrie Halligan. Jeff Bridges, 30 years ago, has always been my Liam Reilly. Yes, I know I’m showing my age, but hey, I’m going to be 61 next month and he’s still a hunk in my opinion. Besides, these books are geared to Baby Boomers–we all know Jeff Bridges is hot, right? Cameron Monaghan would be a good choice for their son, Jack. And I think perhaps Heather Locklear would do a good job as Carrie’s best friend, Julie Miles, who gets her own story in Book 2.
I can see that! Good choices, especially Heather Locklear – she’s perfect for Julie! So, Nan, tell us about the research you do for your novels.
NB: I use the Internet a lot when I research, but I made a trip to the Traverse City area when I wrote Once More from the Top – the setting for Willow Bay. The area around Interlochen Center for the Arts, where Jack goes to school, is one of my favorite parts of the country. Lake Michigan is where my heart is and so setting the stories in an imaginary town on the coast of the big lake. For book 3, I had to contact some experts about sunken treasure and salvage, and the folks I found to consult were helpful and excited to be helping me research.
Speaking of works-in-progress, tell us what’s new with your writing.
NB: I just finished Book 3 in the series and I’m starting Book 4 – another different kind of story about Sarah Everett, whom I introduced in Book 2. Her story is a little bit more intense as she is an abuse survivor. We’ll see where she takes me!
Nan Reinhardt is giving away a copy of Once More from the Top (ebook), the fabulous first book in The Women of Willow Bay series.
Carrie Halligan never regretted the choice she made sixteen years ago to raise her son Jack by herself in Willow Bay, Michigan. A successful photographer by day, at night Carrie satisfies her musical passions by playing piano at a hotel bar, maintaining a balance that works for her and Jack. Walking away from Maestro Liam Reilly without telling him she was pregnant with his child may have been the hardest thing she’d ever done, but it was definitely the right thing.
When Liam shows up in town to perform a benefit concert with the local symphony, however, Carrie’s carefully crafted life spins out of control. After sending Jack to summer camp, she realizes she can’t keep Liam in the dark forever. Telling the truth to the man she once loved more than life itself isn’t near as hard as spending time in his presence and realizing that the years haven’t diminished his power over her heart. Will her lie be too much to get past, or will the spark of passion between them overcome everything?
Don’t forget, everyone who has entered ANY of the Rafflecopter contests for ANY or ALL of the featured authors is eligible to be (randomly) selected for one final prize, which will be announced next week, when this Rafflecopter drawing closes. Good luck!