Foot in Mouth

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I’m new to being forty, but I’m liking it! I’ve noticed that Facebook’s algorithms are choosing a different type of ad for me now. Instead of diet fads and beauty hacks, they’re sending me adds for slippers and mukluks.

They finally get me! Because I’d actually like to buy a decent pair of mukluks now that I’ve seen multiple ads for them. 😉

The one thing I’m not very good with is realizing how old I look. In my head, I look a lot younger, it seems. And I’ve proven that by suggesting a 35-year-old woman was “my age.” This was not because she legitimately looked 40. She’s beautiful and really does look like a tight, well-maintained 35. But in my head, so am I! I immediately apologized when I realized my error (and she looked at me aghast) and told her that it it only reflects on how delusionally young I think I look still… Here’s hoping there are no hard feelings, because she’s kind of extended family, and I really like her.

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But my forties are treating me well. Here are a few things I’m enjoying about them:

  1. No one expects me to be to be thin anymore. “Good Lord, she’s in her forties. Leave her alone.”
  2. Nothing is marketed for me. Except slippers and mukluks. And life is cheaper when the barrage of marketing passes you by!
  3. I’ve been working at my writing career seriously for almost twenty years, and that hard work is paying off. It feels good!

So there you are–I’m enjoying forty, but I’m still putting my foot in my mouth. Because apparently,  that’s my MO. 😉

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Have you picked up my book yet? You can get it online or find it on the shelves in your favourite bookstore all 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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Cowboys and Twins, oh my!

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I have eight releases scheduled this year, so far… and I have another cover to show you!

This one is for my May 2019 release, Her Twins’ Cowboy Dad, which is the second book in my Montana Twins miniseries.  I couldn’t be more excited about this cover! Aren’t those twins just the cutest? And the rain storm passing in the background… This cover is seriously everything I dreamed for this book–it really is!

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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?

 

Coming May 2019

Reviewers wanted!

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I’m looking for some trustworthy readers to give honest reviews on my next Harlequin Heartwarming release. I need readers who are willing and able to post those reviews on various sites like Amazon, Goodreads, Bookbub, Harlequin, Instagram… pretty much anywhere books are sold and reviews are posted.

If you’re a sweet romance fan who’s interested in getting a free E-PUB copy of my March release, Falling for the Cowboy Dad, in exchange for an honest review posted on a few different places online, go over to my Contact page and leave me a message.

*E-PUB copy only. No substitutions.

*THANK YOU FOR THE WONDERFUL RESPONSE! I NOW HAVE ENOUGH REVIEWERS FOR THIS BOOK.

 

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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?

 

Falling for the Cowboy Dad

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I really love seeing the different covers that sell in North America vs. the UK. For my March release, FALLING FOR THE COWBOY DAD, the covers couldn’t be more different!

Here is the North American cover:

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And in the UK, they will this cover on their shelves:

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Which one would tempt YOU to pick it up and take a look? Personally, I’m a sucker for the North American one… but that might just be because I’m Canadian and the marketing team knows me better than I think. 😉

 

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?

 

 

Creative recycling

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Last month, I received the page proofs for my May 2019 release, THE BISHOP’S DAUGHTER. Basically, this is what the book will look like once it’s on paper, and I had to look through everything to find any typos.

All 300 pages.

This is what it looked like mid-process.

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There were only three mistakes that I could find in the whole manuscript, and at the end of the job, I had 300 pages to dispose of. I didn’t want to toss them out in a bundle together, because that’s a full novel, yet unpublished. And while I did start my son on shredding it, that was taking forever.

So I did this, instead! It was Mr. Johns’s idea, actually.

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Pichu the Quaker parrot, now has novel proof page cage liners. 🙂 He hated it at first. It was different, and he whines when things are different. But he’s used to it now, and I’m set for a while for paper for the various trays he uses around the house.

The life of an author’s bird…

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Have you picked up my book yet? You can get it online or find it on the shelves in your favourite bookstore all 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.

Starting a new year the way I like best…

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Since my literary agency and Harlequin have officially announced the deals, that means I can now tell you that I’m signing a brand new 5 book contract with Harlequin’s Heartwarming line. I’m very happy to line this up–and I’m excited about the books!

The first book is a cowboy romance with triplet newborns… and I’m working on that book already.

The next four books are a brand new miniseries about four women who join a dinner club to support each other as they heal and love again after heartbreak.

I’m really looking forward to starting that new miniseries… but all in good time. 🙂

I also signed a contract to write a “free read” novella that will be posted on Harlequin’s website in July 2019. So I’m definitely going to be kept busy!

Here is to a wonderful 2019, and all the new stories we’ll enjoy together.

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Our Christmas

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This Christmas was a special one, because it was the first Christmas where my mom and dad have lived close by in a very long time!

This year, I got some gifts that meant the world to me. Mr. Johns got me a fountain pen with different coloured inks for book signing. So if I send you a signed book, it’ll be signed with pink ink! Well, until this ink cartridge runs out, and then I’ll move on to green, I believe. I have options. Mr. Johns has always been my biggest fan, and I’m so thankful for him. It just wouldn’t be Christmas without my handsome husband to snuggle up with.

My son bought me a necklace.  There is nothing quite so lovely as your little boy buying you something pretty and being so very proud of his efforts. He went shopping with his grandfather for it, and just to make the wrapping complete, he tossed in a fresh potato to throw me off if I decided to shake anything. LOL! I love this kid.

My parents got me something really special this year… It’s a Royal Albert dish to go on my desk, and it’s in my late grandmother’s china pattern, Old Country Roses.

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Those were the most meaningful gifts I received this Christmas… well, the physical ones at least. A family to love and cherish–that’s what really counts the most, isn’t it?

We were all together, and my heart was full.

I hope you’re having a wonderful holiday season, too!

It’s on the shelves!

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My newest release is on the shelves!

I happened to be out with my dad mailing off some signed contracts last night, and we passed through our local drug store.

I don’t think I’ve ever visited a book on the shelves with my father before, so it was rather neat! Here it is!

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Isn’t it beautiful? 🙂

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If you haven’t picked up a copy yet, there’s no time like the present! I love this story, and I’m getting all sorts of feedback from readers who have loved it, too.

 

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 You can pick up a copy at your local bookstore, or you can get it online! But it’s now on the shelves!

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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.

 

Any day now!

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Any day now, my newest release is going to hit the shelves of your favourite bookstores! The January releases will be in the stores about now, and I can’t wait to see this one “out in the wild.”

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If you spot it, I hope you’ll pick up a copy! And when you see it–do me a favour?  Take a picture of it and send it to me on Facebook. I just love the chance to see my book on actual shelves. That’s something that never does get old.  You’ll seriously make my day. 🙂

This book is a real tear jerker. I sobbed my way through a few scenes writing it, if that’s any indication. And I’m not ordinarily a crier when I write! But I’m proud of this story. I really feel like it’s a good one, and I can’t wait to hear what you all think!

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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.