There was only one!

I got an email from the proud mother of the little girl on the cover of HER TWINS’ COWBOY DAD, and did you know that there was only one girl? The second one is just the first girl photoshopped in again!

This blew my mind, because that photoshopping is seamless. Can you see it?

It’s always so neat to hear from the people who end up on the covers. It doesn’t happen often for me, but when it does, it’s very cool!

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If you see this book on the shelves, I hope you’ll pick up a copy! It’s only here for a few weeks!

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A sneak peek!

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Would you like to start reading THE BISHOP’S DAUGHTER?

Kensington Publishing has posted a link to the first chapter! You can find it here.

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In this poignant, beautifully written novel, a faithful young Amish widow is reunited with her wayward first love . . .

As a bishop’s daughter and good Amish mother, widowed Sadie Hochstetler teaches her young son that God blesses those who try their best to please Him. But her brief marriage taught her that life is infinitely more complicated than that. Older, and serious, her late husband seemed a sensible choice—especially compared to Elijah Fisher, the spirited boy with whom she butted heads and hearts. Then Elijah abruptly left for the Englisher world, taking Sadie’s beloved brother along with him—a double betrayal she still strives to forgive. Especially now that Elijah has returned . . .

Elijah plans to stay in the Amish community only as long as he’s needed, helping his family and working for Sadie’s ailing father. The outside world has changed him, leading him to question rules and restrictions that others take on faith. Once, he’d been head over heels in love with the bishop’s daughter—a girl he was judged unworthy of courting. Nine years have changed so much between them. Yet something remains—a spark that, for all their differences, might light the way home again . . .

 

FIRST CHAPTER HERE

Knowing when to zip it

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There are a lot of blog posts out there giving advice to new writers, and I tend to stay out of that mix because everything has been said before… and better! But there are a few pieces of advice that haven’t been said already, so I decided to add my two cents.

One of the most important things you can ever do as a new writer, is to keep quiet.

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And I’m serious about that, because once you start telling people what you hope to accomplish, you’re going to get people who try to pull you down and stop you from succeeding. This is just a fact. They’ll tell you that the odds are against you. They’ll tell you about people they heard of who failed. Or they might just laugh off your hopes and dreams and make you feel like a fool for even having started down this path to begin with. When you’re aiming for publication, this can be a delicate time, and sometimes these downers are the last people you expect to crush your spirit.

Why do they do it? I don’t know. Your goals are different. They don’t understand. People are creatures of habit, and they like things (and people!) to stay the same. This happens when anyone tries to do something that goes against the norm. Try telling people you want to get out of debt and stay that way, for example. Or tell people you want to go to school to get your PhD in French footwear. You’ll get similar responses.

And that’s why I’m telling you be careful who you share your fledgling hopes with. Even as an experienced author, I’m careful about who I share my writing stuff with. I sit alone all day, and I need to keep positive. Negative people can sap your creative energy and drain your optimism.

Now, there are a few trustworthy people you can share with, but make sure those people:

A. Are positive and uplifting

B. Believe in your abilities

C. Will be excited for you when you succeed

And then write for all you’re worth! There is absolutely no reason why you can’t do this! There is no reason why you can’t succeed.

But positive people sure help to fuel your writing ambitions.

Two books in one month!

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I have two releases coming up in May–one with Harlequin Inc and the other with Kensington Books, and I can’t WAIT to visit them both on the shelves! You can be sure that I’ll be taking some pictures of those in the bookstores and confusing the poor employees. 😉

You’ll be able to find both of these on the shelves in May… the Harlequin book hitting the shelves late April, if you’d like to grab a copy early.

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A cowboy committed to bachelorhood
…until these little
Montana Twins change everything

Thanks to his dysfunctional family, cowboy-to-the-bone Colt Hardin insists marriage and fatherhood aren’t for him. But then his uncle dies, leaving Colt the ranch he’s always wanted—and the herd to his late cousin’s mischievous twin toddlers. Now Colt must find a solution with their pretty mother, Jane Marshall. Can these little cherubs show Jane and Colt what a family can truly be?

 

 

 

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In this poignant, beautifully written novel, a faithful young Amish widow is reunited with her wayward first love . . .

As a bishop’s daughter and good Amish mother, widowed Sadie Hochstetler teaches her young son that God blesses those who try their best to please Him. But her brief marriage taught her that life is infinitely more complicated than that. Older, and serious, her late husband seemed a sensible choice—especially compared to Elijah Fisher, the spirited boy with whom she butted heads and hearts. Then Elijah abruptly left for the Englisher world, taking Sadie’s beloved brother along with him—a double betrayal she still strives to forgive. Especially now that Elijah has returned . . .
 
Elijah plans to stay in the Amish community only as long as he’s needed, helping his family and working for Sadie’s ailing father. The outside world has changed him, leading him to question rules and restrictions that others take on faith. Once, he’d been head over heels in love with the bishop’s daughter—a girl he was judged unworthy of courting. Nine years have changed so much between them. Yet something remains—a spark that, for all their differences, might light the way home again . . .

 

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 I love both of these stories so much, and I hope you’ll pick up both of them in May!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And… another one!

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I have a brand new cover for my August release, A RANCHER TO REMEMBER!

This is a story about a cowboy dad with toddler twins who suffers from short term amnesia after a head injury. He needs help remembering how to be a dad, and who better than his old friend who is back in town? But there is something about her that nags at the back of his splintered memory…

More details to come closer to the release!

But what do YOU think of this cover?

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A brand new cover!

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The Lawman’s Baby is a story about a work hardened cop who is forced to learn the soft skills with his newborn nephew… and about the burnt out social worker who helps him. The baby in this book just melts my heart! He’s 5 lbs of cute!

This cover is perfect. I love it! And I hope you’ll pick up a copy when this book comes out in July. More details to come closer to the release!

What do YOU think of this cover? Do you love it as much as I do?

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A starred review!

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I normally post on Monday, but since this Monday is April Fool’s Day, I thought I’d better post this one a little bit early. 😉

I got an email from the marketing department of Kensington Books, letting me know the THE BISHOP’S DAUGHTER received a starred review from Library Journal!

This is very exciting, and I couldn’t be more thrilled.

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FICTION

[STAR]
Johns, Patricia. The Bishop’s Daughter. Zebra: Kensington. May 2019. 352p. ISBN 9781420149111. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9781420149142. INSPIRATIONAL ROMANCE

Nine years ago, rebellious Elijah Fisher abruptly moved from Morinville, IN, for the Englisher life, leaving behind a confused, brokenhearted Sadie Graber. Now he is back because his family needs help, but staying in the restrictive Amish community is not in his plans. With his independent views and questioning attitude, he no longer fits in, but he can’t deny his feelings for Sadie—now a young widow with a three-year-old son and a woman who may never forgive him.

VERDICT
Heartrending, poignant, and perceptive, this beautifully written story has a cultural rather than a solely religious focus and will appeal to fans of sweet romance across the board. A solid debut…

—Kristin Ramsdell, Libn. Emerita, California State Univ.–East Bay

 

Watch for this book hitting the shelves in May!

It’s hard to compete

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I’m a true believer that a home is not a show house.

I’m an apartment person. When I lived in Toronto, I either rented rooms in a large house or lived in an apartment building. When I got married and we moved out to Alberta, we’ve still been drawn to apartment living. It feels natural to me–homey.

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You can tell so much about a person by their home. The types of furniture they choose tells their story. The pictures on the walls, the books on their shelves… There is even the end of the couch they like to curl up on–the natural dent that’s left.

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There are the things they fix around their home and the things they don’t–that knob on a cabinet that just never seems to get replaced versus the gorgeous dishwasher that’s brand new. There’s the stack of bills and junk mail that is almost invisible to them, the worn spots on a kitchen table, the child’s small doodle on a wall that was just too cute to use a Magic Eraser on.

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Life happens inside a home–and life isn’t spotless and artfully arranged. The tea cups get chipped. The carpet starts to get pressed down in spots. Maybe even the wall colour starts looking a bit dated. But it’s a home that has held memories and love, hope and heartbreak.  I love nothing more than looking around at the beautiful, imperfect, unstaged homes that cradle our lives.

It seems to be human to compete over homes. In the area where I live, people compete over the size of their house. In other places I’ve lived people competed over the part of town they lived in, the type of car in their parking spot. So much competition over things that don’t really matter.

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Because at the end of the day, our homes aren’t for everyone else to be impressed by. They’re where we come home to, sink into that favourite spot on the couch, and soothe away the day’s stress. For me, my home is where I settle in to write the stories that fill my head, where we raise our child to be a good and honest young man, where we curl up together and love each other as best we know how.

You can’t compete over that.

What do you love most about your home?

 

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Have you read my March release yet?

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She’s always been just a friend!

Grace Beverly spent years hopelessly in love with her best friend, Billy Austin. Now he’s back in Eagle’s Rest, Colorado, determined to provide the best life possible for his four-year-old daughter. He’s just not sure how. Helping Billy navigate the world of parenting is a one-way ticket back to heartache. Yet how can Grace say no to her oldest friend?

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My editor is so sweet!

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Look what I got in the mail on Friday! It’s a congratulations card from my editor at Harlequin  Heartwarming for my 20th Harlequin release.

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It just makes me feel warm and fuzzy to have my milestone celebrated by my publisher and the editor I work with. Twenty books was a lot of work, a lot of learning, and a real partnership between me and Harlequin. So this card meant the world to me. 🙂

 

My special book signing pen

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Yes, I do have one! 🙂

This last Christmas, it was what I asked Mr. Johns to get for me. I wanted a fountain pen that I could use when signing books, and he came through!

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I love the way a fountain pen writes, and my jots and scribbles of book ideas and reminders to myself just feel that much more momentous when written with a fountain pen.

I also have a little stash of ink cartridges that come in different colours. I started out with pink, and I’m currently using a black cartridge, but I also have green, purple, blue and red waiting for me! Sweet anticipation.

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I never thought I’d be a pen person. But here I am! And I love my pen! 🙂

So if I sign a book for you going forward, you know which pen I used to do it!

 

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Have you read my March release yet?

4.282079.512.9781335510570He’s always been the one…

She’s always been just a friend!

Grace Beverly spent years hopelessly in love with her best friend, Billy Austin. Now he’s back in Eagle’s Rest, Colorado, determined to provide the best life possible for his four-year-old daughter. He’s just not sure how. Helping Billy navigate the world of parenting is a one-way ticket back to heartache. Yet how can Grace say no to her oldest friend?

Harlequin

Amazon