Canadian sledding

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When we got our lovely dump of snow, we did what every family with a 10-year-old boy does, and we went sledding. 🙂

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It was fun! I was expecting for it to hurt more. It’s been that long since I’ve gone sledding,  and there is a fair amount of falling out of the sled, and laying on your back wondering if you sprained anything. But I walked away with minimal injury.

This is me after dumping out the sled. Just proof that I actually went down several times, in case you needed it.

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Mr. Johns got cold before me or our son did. But in his defence, our son is ten and was born in northern Canada, so he’s acclimatized. And I was wearing an arctic parka.

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I hope you’re enjoying your winter as much as we’re enjoying ours! Have a wonderful Christmas season, everyone! ❤

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Have you ordered my book yet? You can get it now, or you can wait to find it on the shelves in your favourite bookstore later this month. 🙂

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Two stubborn hearts. One ranch.

Could Montana Twins unite them?

With orphaned twin infants to care for, Casey Courtright hoped to buy the ranch he works on—but he can’t match Ember Reed’s offer. Nevertheless, Casey agrees to show Ember the land she plans to use for her therapy center, but only if she’ll help him with the babies. And as the twins draw them together, Casey might just find that Ember is his perfect partner.

 

 

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Peanut Butter Snowmen

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We are an allergy family, so making Christmas cookies can be a challenge. But there is one kind of cookie we CAN have, and that’s peanut butter. So back when my son was small, I started making peanut butter cookies in the shape of snowmen for the holidays.

It’s become a tradition in our home, so last week my son and I started our first 2018 batch of snowmen. 🙂

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They’re easy! Just pick a peanut butter cookie recipe, and they turn into this!

 

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Delicious! I took the pictures to show family my handiwork, and by the time I thought, Oooo! I should be put these in a blog post, well, this was what was left. 😉

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They were delicious! And there will be more. This is how we roll at the Johns home. ❤

 

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Have you ordered my book yet? You can get it now, or you can wait to find it on the shelves in your favourite bookstore later this month. 🙂

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Two stubborn hearts. One ranch.

Could Montana Twins unite them?

With orphaned twin infants to care for, Casey Courtright hoped to buy the ranch he works on—but he can’t match Ember Reed’s offer. Nevertheless, Casey agrees to show Ember the land she plans to use for her therapy center, but only if she’ll help him with the babies. And as the twins draw them together, Casey might just find that Ember is his perfect partner.

Christmas lights

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Our town is officially all lit up for Christmas. We have this little park in the centre of town–it’s a spray park in the summer for the kids to cool off, and in the winter, they flood the running track and it turns into an outdoor skating rink through the festive trees.

When I took these pictures a few days ago, we’d melted.  But it still looked so pretty!

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We’ve since gotten a nice dump of snow, but I haven’t gotten back to the park after dark, so these are still my best pictures of the lights from this Christmas.

I hope you’re all having a wonderful holiday season! Take good care of each other. ❤

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Have you ordered my book yet? You can get it now, or you can wait to find it on the shelves in your favourite bookstore later this month. 🙂

4.280109.512.9781335478924

 

Two stubborn hearts. One ranch.

Could Montana Twins unite them?

With orphaned twin infants to care for, Casey Courtright hoped to buy the ranch he works on—but he can’t match Ember Reed’s offer. Nevertheless, Casey agrees to show Ember the land she plans to use for her therapy center, but only if she’ll help him with the babies. And as the twins draw them together, Casey might just find that Ember is his perfect partner.

A most Canadian evening

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It’s probably been a few years since I went out somewhere alone with my dad. It’s not that I haven’t seen him, it’s that we’re normally in a bigger family group. So going on with my dad one-on-one is more rare.

This year, my dad bought season’s tickets to the local hockey team for our smallish town. He’s been taking my son to a lot of games–and he just loves that time with his grandfather watching the game and eating too much junk. Sometimes Dad takes my mom with him and they make a date night of it. But this time, I asked if I could get a turn at going to the game.

And I think we had the most Canadian evening possible.

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I thought I’d give you a handy list of Canadian experiences:

  1. Hockey.
  2. The sheer number of people holding Tim Horton’s coffee cups.
  3. The polite Canadian tendency to clean up–someone threw a bag down toward the garbage and didn’t make it. There was a sigh. Someone got up, cast some side eye in the direction of the miscreant, picked it up, and put it in the trash. At the end of the game, there was no garbage on the ground.
  4. Beer. There was a lot of that, too. I don’t drink, but I noticed it.
  5. Trash talk--it started slowly, but the more beer/Timmie’s people consumed, the more they trash talked the other team. It was hilarious to listen to!
  6. The orderly queue of cars leaving the absolutely packed parking lot. There were over 1000 people at the game, and that’s saying something for a town of 35,000.

Canada–we do hockey, coffee, winter, beer and gentle trash talk. Then we grudgingly admit the other team had a really good goalie and make our way out. When we’re well behaved. There have been times when we Canadians have embarrassed ourselves, but my experience is more common, I can assure you.

It was fun! I’d do it again! 🙂

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Have you ordered my book yet? You can get it now, or you can wait to find it on the shelves in your favourite bookstore later this month. 🙂

4.280109.512.9781335478924

 

Two stubborn hearts. One ranch.

Could Montana Twins unite them?

With orphaned twin infants to care for, Casey Courtright hoped to buy the ranch he works on—but he can’t match Ember Reed’s offer. Nevertheless, Casey agrees to show Ember the land she plans to use for her therapy center, but only if she’ll help him with the babies. And as the twins draw them together, Casey might just find that Ember is his perfect partner.

My Christmas tree goals

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I would love to have a Christmas tree that has only unique and interesting ornaments. No generic balls at all! Now, it’ll take me a few years to get there, because I only buy a few new ornaments a year. But this year, I bought some new ones to add to the tree.

 

This one is because I’m writing Amish romance, and when I saw it I just had to have it. 🙂

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This one was for my son who is super into Spiderman this year, and it’ll be fun to remember all these phases he goes through. 😉

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These are because I love Star Trek… so… that’s pretty self-explanatory.  I’m STILL trying to get Mr. Johns into Star Trek with me, so but so far no luck… 😉

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 I hope you’re building precious memories, too. ❤ 

Crossing the pond!

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I got a box of books in the mail–this one from Mills and Boon in the UK! My Heartwarming book, HER LAWMAN PROTECTOR, was also released in the UK through Mills and Boon! How cool is that!

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This is a picture of both covers side by side.

When I did a search, I found that it also came out in Australia, New Zealand and the Phillipines, and their cover is a little different, too.

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I love this story, and I’m so glad that it’s coming out in North America, the UK, the Philippines, Australia and New Zealand! It’s very exciting to cross the pond again.

 

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4.278504.512.9781335633828Their relationship isn’t real…

But his feelings for her are!

Detective Jack Talbott has devoted his life to ending police corruption. His latest target is Liv Hylton, the ex-wife of a dirty cop. She’s also the woman he’s secretly loved for years. To get close to her, Jack’s going undercover as her boyfriend. But when the evidence points to Liv’s innocence and a threat to her safety, he’ll do anything to protect her. Even risk his career…

Harlequin

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We have another cover!

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FALLING FOR THE COWBOY DAD comes out in March of 2019, and I really love this story… I think you will, too!

This will be my 20th Harlequin release, which is a really big milestone. There was a time when this felt so far away, but here we are! I’m going to have to celebrate for this one. 🙂

So without further ado, I give you, FALLING FOR THE COWBOY DAD.

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He’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?

Thanksgiving Free Read

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Last year, I wrote a Thanksgiving themed novella for Harlequin’s Free Reads! If you haven’t discovered the Free Reads, you have to. They’re great–novella short romances that are absolutely free!

Last year, I contributed a free read, and mine was a story about a woman falling for her billionaire boss… and I got a great response from it!

If you haven’t read it yet, why not check it out?

Thanksgiving with her Boss

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A late-night kiss is the last straw. Emmie Thomas has tamped down her crush on her boss, Rob West, for almost a year, but she just can’t anymore. What else is there to do but quit and fly to her hometown of North Fork, Alberta, for her family Thanksgiving celebration?

When a mixup sends Rob to Alberta, too, he’s determined to get her back. But does he just want her to be his assistant again? Or is he finally ready to admit he wants something more?

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Thanksgiving with her Boss

Free Read!

Cover Vs. Cover

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I love when Harlequin uses my book for their Cover Vs. Cover ads. And this time around, Her Cowboy’s Twin Blessings went up against The Rancher’s Baby Surprise.

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I’m a little biased, of course… 😉

But you should definitely read both! Kat Brookes is a new Love Inspired author, so this is her debut!

The Rancher’s Baby Surprise

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Her Cowboy’s Twin Blessings

Two stubborn hearts. One ranch.

Could Montana Twins unite them?

With orphaned twin infants to care for, Casey Courtright hoped to buy the ranch he works on—but he can’t match Ember Reed’s offer. Nevertheless, Casey agrees to show Ember the land she plans to use for her therapy center, but only if she’ll help him with the babies. And as the twins draw them together, Casey might just find that Ember is his perfect partner.

They are both hitting the shelves January 2019!

Housekeeping tips for writers

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When you work from home, there is the unique challenge of keeping your mitts off the messes in your home, and actually doing your work. It’s harder than it looks to balance it out. I’ve been writing full time for about ten years now, and I’ve realized that I have a choice–write full time, or clean full time. Pick one.

It might not surprise you to know that I’ve chosen the writing option. 😉 But that doesn’t mean that keeping up with everything else is easy! So I have a few tips for you work-at-home types.

  1. Delegate! You are not the full-time housekeeper. You are a writer, and your working hours are sacred. That means you don’t have time to do all the things people hope you’ll do. Learn to delegate jobs to other members of the family to make that workload a litter fairer.800px-Patsy_Grimm_helping_to_do_all_the_housework._8d29104v
  2. Wait before you clean the bathroom… just a bit. With your long hours of writing, there is nothing more irritating than rushing around cleaning up, to have nobody notice or recognize just how heroic your efforts are. That is why I recommend waiting two days longer than you usually would to clean the bathroom. I can guarantee that not only will your family notice when you clean it, they will thank you for it. You’re welcome.Doing_housework_(1993-1997),_bathroom,_1
  3. The dishes can wait. If you were in an office across town for 8 hours a day, you wouldn’t worry about the cereal bowls sitting on the counter. And neither should you worry about them during your writing time. Dishes, laundry, the carpet… whatever it is that irritates you just to see it–turn your back! You have a chapter to write. Get to work.800px-Housework_(5978829002)
  4. Don’t forget to rest. When your work hours are over, turn off the computer and spend that time with your family. It’s too easy to let work take over when it’s just a matter of sitting down at your computer and doing a little blogging or emailing to catch up. You love these people, remember? They deserve your time, too.

 

And there you have it–the best housekeeping tips I’ve got. You can tell that my writing hasn’t been going well when my home is sparkling. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t clean your home, but I AM saying the you and your family should do that cleaning outside of work hours. Because at the end of your work day, you can have a chapter written, or a clean floor/stove/kitchen/whatever. One of those is going to feel more satisfying to you. You have to decide which one you want.

Best of luck!