A truly terrible knitter


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I am a truly terrible knitter. I knit with love, though, which I think makes up for it. πŸ˜‰

I decided I wanted to try knitting as research for a book idea I was putting together. No details on the book, I’m afraid, as it isn’t sold yet, but knitting factored into the story, so I had been watching Youtube videos about how to knit. So I wanted to give it a try.

Of course, I announced this to social media, and I heard from friends and readers who all love knitting and do a beautiful job of it. I was encouraged! My friend even lent me her knitting supplies so that I could give it a try without having to hit the craft store. (She’s so nice! πŸ™‚ )

I really did think it would be relatively easy. I had set myself the goal of knitting a scarf. How hard could it be?

Dear reader, it is hard. Wow. I had to start and tear it apart, and restart, and tear it apart a few times. At one point, I even snapped the yarn because it was far too tight. I was admittedly rather stressed out at that point.

I did manage to knit a small rectangle while sitting in bed next to Mr. Johns who was reading. Our son came in and looked it over and asked, “Is that fun? Are you going to be a knitter now?”

Me: “No, I hate this. I hate it so much.”

Him: “Why are you doing it, then?”

Me: “It’s research.”

Then, I started to get messages from readers who knit, and these women are just so kind and encouraging, telling me that I could do this, that I was learning, that it was worth all the effort… and suddenly just quitting and leaving it as a little bit of research wasn’t quite so easy anymore. So I kept going, and I started a scarf for Mr. Johns.

It isn’t perfect, but it’s certainly made with love, and I’m starting to really enjoy myself! Mr. Johns will read out loud to me while I knit on the weekend or in the evenings, and we’ll cozy up together for a couple of hours. It’s nice! He’s also assured me that when the scarf is done, he’ll wear it. He loves me. ❀

Here it is–the very best of my knitting efforts so far. I’m inordinately proud of it. πŸ™‚

Coming to Walmart and booksellers everywhere February 2021!

Some sparkle in your January


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In our town, the Christmas lights stay up all winter. In Alberta, Canada, the winter days are very short, and the nights are long and dark. But when you have an entire park filled with twinkling lights, something wakes up inside of you, and you feel cheerier. Every single tree in this particular park is festooned with lights. No exceptions!

I was out early one morning, on my way home again, and I stopped to snap a few pictures. This particularly park also has a circular running track that they flood every winter to turn into a circular skating path. And yes, I risked my life walking across some freshly watered ice to get these pictures for you! πŸ˜‰

I love this park, I make excuses to drive past it after dark whenever possible. It just makes me happy. πŸ™‚

I hope you find something beautiful out there in your corner of the world, too. And may your 2021 have sparkle!



Big, scarred and frightening

I just love when my books go on sale, and I can pass the news along to all of you!

If you haven’t read JEB’S WIFE yet, now is a great time to pick up a Kindle copy for $1.99!

Jebadiah King has a reputation in their community. He’s badly scarred, incredibly big, and his last wife is dead. Whispers sweep through the homes, going from kitchen to kitchen, fence to fence. Jeb just isn’t safe.

Leah Riehl knows the rumours, but she is desperately in need of money, and Jebadiah King needs a wife. They could solve each other’s problems with a simple marriage ceremony, but Leah isn’t willing to go further than that. She’ll be his wife, but she won’t share his bed.

But somehow, Leah starts to see a gentler man under all those frightening scars… a vulnerable man who longs to be loved. Is a true marriage even possible between them?

Do you love a giveaway?


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I have regular (read: continual!) giveaways over on my Facebook page, and if you pop by, you can enter for free books!

The giveaway to kick off the new year is with a sister writing team, Sadie and Sophie Cuffe. I got to know them years ago, and can I tell you? They are FANTASTIC! It’s possible you have not run across them before, but they are a really terrific writing team, and you’ll thank me for the introduction–I promise!

This writing team also runs a small farm in Maine, and they take care of it all. If you follow them on Facebook, you’ll find their pictures of life out there on their little farm with their 92-year-old mama.

So if you like giveaways, come on by to enter! I’m including an ARC of my newest book, The Preacher’s Son, that will hit the shelves in February, so you can get a chance to read the first book in my Infamous Amish miniseries a little early! Plus, I’m including my VERY LAST copy of Jeb’s Wife!

The giveaway is always pinned to the top of my page, so you’ll see it right away. Give my page a like and come back often, because there’s always another giveaway posted!


Happy New Year!

2020 took us all for a spin. Wow. And with 2021, we’re all just a little bit nervous. I’m not seeing anyone post that they think it will be amazing, or that it’s going to be the year everything comes together. We’re all a little scared to jinx it, I think!

You know, years ago when my husband and I were young, excited and getting married, we saw the world much differently. We had next to nothing between us, and it didn’t seem to matter. We lived on a hope and a prayer. When things came together, we were deeply grateful. When things didn’t, we prayed earnestly.

We’ve been married 15 years now, and we’ve been working hard. Life is coming together, and I realized that we’d lost some of that “hope and a prayer” kind of faith. There is a silver lining to those times when you need it, and 2020 was one of those years for everyone. The entire planet held its breath.

None of us had any control over this year, did we? It brought back a lot of those uncertain feelings when the entire planet shut down. And yet, we were still in God’s hands, and we still are. Whatever 2021 holds, I know that we’ll be okay. We’ll pull together and get through. We’ll take care of each other. 2020 might have been hard, but it showed us what matters most, and I’m grateful for that.

So here is to 2021!
We’ll be okay.

The Amish bad boys


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Starting in February 2021, I have a brand new miniseries kicking off—The Infamous Amish!

These Amish stories are about the Amish bad boys.

The miniseries starts with the story of Isaiah Yoder, the son of an Amish criminal. Abe Yoder’s fraud has rocked the community, and no one knows who they can trust anymore. Now that Abe is in prison doing his time, the community has to move on, and so does Abe’s son, Isaiah.

But how do you move on when no one will trust you?

How do you find your place again when your name has been ruined?

You do what you have to…

The Preacher’s Son will be hitting the shelves in Walmart and bookstores everywhere in February 2021, but I hope you’ll preorder your copy!


In this poignant new series, Patricia Johns introduces an Amish family striving to reclaim the promise of love, marriage, and community after a shocking change in circumstance. Her sensitive storytelling and realistically flawed, yet endearing characters bring depth and heart to this tender story about faith and second chances, as a young man and woman.

The Amish residents of Bountiful, Pennsylvania, are stunned when preacher Abe Yoder is imprisoned for fraud. For Abe’s son, Isaiah, the news cuts doubly deep. His daet’s misdeeds have cost Isaiah his family’s land and their good name. To support his sisters, he takes a job in the Glick family’s book-binding shop, though it means working alongside a woman who has every reason to resent him. Yet, his attraction to Bethany Glick’s beauty and warmth is undimmed…

Isaiah’s daet’s actions helped drive Bethany’s fiancΓ© to the Englischer world, and cost her own father his savings. Their shop is in need of Isaiah’s brawn and skill, but if she’s to start over after heartbreak, she needs a man she can trust. Not a Yoder. But Isaiah isn’t giving up so easily. And when Bethany faces a dilemma, there may be a way for each to find not just redemption, but a joyful new love…

Merry Christmas!

I wanted to wish all of you a very merry Christmas! No matter how crazy this year has been, it’s now time to celebrate how God touched Earth, light piercing through darkness.

In the Johns home, we’re having a lazy Christmas Eve… mostly because yesterday was insanely busy! We have a little cheesecake waiting to be our Christmas treat we eat when we open presents this evening. In Alberta, Canada, we are locked down–there are no gatherings allowed, so it will be the three of us, plus some video chatting with my mom and dad who live exactly five minutes down the road, but who we won’t be able to see tonight. I’m excited, anyway. πŸ™‚

It looks like my thawing turkey is still a little frozen today, which is GREAT NEWS because I stuck it in the fridge too early, according to my estimations for thawing. But it will be ready to go for Christmas Day! It’s my Christmas miracle. πŸ˜‰ I honestly thought we were going to have turkey a few days early.

I hope you all make the most of this Christmas, too. It will be a quiet one for a lot of us, but we still have phone calls, video chats, internet, and all that beautiful technology that keeps up connected! If you’re a little lonely, drop me a line on FB, Twitter, or even here, and we can wish each other happy holidays.

From my home to yours, I wish you a very Merry Christmas!

Dollhouse chess!


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As you might know by now, I absolutely adore dollhouse miniatures, and the newest addition to my little collection is a complete set of 1:12 chess. It’s so cute!

It has all the pieces, and the stand is metal, and it has a magnetized surface so that the pieces stick to it, which is a huge relief, because you don’t want to lose a piece that small! It would be next to impossible to find again, and I would probably cry.

My son and I tried a game of tweezer chess, and it IS a playable board!

It’s the perfect addition to my little book nook reading room I have set up, and I couldn’t love it more!

These are the teeny tiny things that make me ever so happy! I am endlessly entertained with miniatures, when I’m not writing books, that is. πŸ˜‰

I do hope you’ll pick up a copy of my newest release that’s still on the shelves! A Precious Christmas Gift won’t be on the shelves for much longer, so pick it up now, while you can! It’s an emotional Christmas read about a mother’s love. ❀

And after this… I suppose you’ll just have to grab a copy online! πŸ™‚


New ornaments


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The Johns family Christmas tree is the kind that is filled with memories. I don’t do color coordination or anything fancy, but every year we buy a new ornament or two that reflects the year before.

This year, I found a couple of new ornaments that I just love! The first one is for my husband–an avocado. He loves avocados, and I bring them home as a treat for him when I grocery shop, so I got a smile out of him when I came home with this one.

The Star Trek shuttle craft is one I found a couple of years ago, and I snapped it up. I’m the Trekkie of the family, still doing my best to win my husband over to Star Trek fandom. It’s been fifteen years, but I haven’t give up yet. πŸ˜‰

For my son, I found a Minecraft figurine. I was informed when I brought it home that it was cute, and he did like Minecraft a lot LAST year, but this year it was Roblox. So… oops.

And peeking out behind the Minecraft pig is Spiderman from a couple of years ago. πŸ™‚

I love having ornaments that remind us of the things we enjoyed over the years. One of these Christmases, my son will be all grown up, and Mr. Johns and I will be a little plumper and a little grayer, and these will be even more precious.


I hope you’ll pick up a copy of my newest release, A PRECIOUS CHRISTMAS GIFT. It’s on the shelves now!

Publishers Weekly Bestseller!


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I am just thrilled to let you know that I’m on the Publishers Weekly Bestseller’s list again! This time it’s for A PRECIOUS CHRISTMAS GIFT, and it came in at #15!

I couldn’t be happier. My author buddy, Jocelyn McClay, was the one who let me know. What would I do without good friends? πŸ™‚

There it is–the proof! With my fellow Love Inspired author Emma Miller coming in at #16.

If you haven’t picked up your copy yet, definitely do! It’s on the shelves everywhere Harlequins are sold, so grab yours! πŸ™‚ You can also pick it up online, if you’re laying low these days. This story is guaranteed to make you cry… but don’t worry, it all comes out well in the end. That’s a romance novel guarantee.