Winter Blogfest: Jana Richards

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A Different Christmas

This Christmas will be different. Because of the pandemic we’re being asked to stay home in our small household bubbles and not congregate with extended family and friends over the Christmas holidays. Even shopping is different this year. As I write this, non-essential stores are closed in my city and province. I have to say I missed seeing the stores decked out in their holiday finest. 

Christmas is steeped in tradition. Things will be different this year but it doesn’t mean it has to be bad. Maybe, for this year, we can create some new traditions.

Almost anything can be purchased online. Most stores have an online component that is easy to navigate. Technology has stepped up to help us celebrate the season. Parents can bring the magic of Santa to their kids in electronic ways. Families can play games together, even if they’re not in the same house. There’s no end to the games; some are free (and even more free games) while others need to be purchased, but they all provide a sense of getting together with friends to have fun, even while we’re apart.

When we’re feeling down, often the best antidote is to help someone else. If you’re financially able, donate to a local charity such as a food bank. Find a safe way to volunteer your time. Support local businesses like restaurants by ordering take out. One thing the pandemic has taught us is to find creative ways to do things.

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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?

When Jana Richards read her first romance novel, she immediately knew two things: she had to commit the stories running through her head to paper, and they had to end with a happily ever after. She also knew she’d found what she was meant to do. Since then she’s never met a romance genre she didn’t like. She writes contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and historical romance set in World War Two, in lengths ranging from short story to full length novel. Just for fun, she throws in generous helpings of humor, and the occasional dash of the paranormal. Her paranormal romantic suspense “Seeing Things” was a 2008 EPPIE finalist, and in 2018 “Lies and Solace” won Best Contemporary romance in the I Heart Indie contest.

In her life away from writing, Jana is an admin assistant, a mother to two grown daughters, and a wife to her husband Warren. She enjoys golf, yoga, movies, concerts, travel and reading, not necessarily in that order. She and her husband live in Winnipeg, Canada. She loves to hear from readers and can be reached through her website at

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  1. Anocris sounds like such a fun game! I might need to try that one. 🙂

  2. games are fun

  3. Sandra Dailey says

    Happy Holidays, Jana. I hope To Heal a Heart receives all the success I know it deserves.

  4. Happy Holiday, Jana. I feel your struggle spending the holidays apart from family. There is a secret game planned in my family for New Year’s Eve I will have to report back.
    To Heal a Heart sounds like a perfect story especially for this time of year. Fingers crossed I win.

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