Not always glittery

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When we think Christmas, we imagine beautiful gifts, soft light, delectable food, happy kids… and it’s easy to get caught up the beauty around us. But this Christmas, a teacher in our community passed away, and my son’s class was hit especially hard. A lot of the kids knew her, even though she taught another grade, and she died so young.

So we had to talk about death with our sixth grader… more than just the death of a pet, but the death of someone in his circles. It just happened… there wasn’t much warning, and life went from being the fun, beautiful drive up to Christmas and suddenly became fragile and precious.

We talked about how we have to be ready to face God–all of us. We don’t know when our time might come, even though we pray to die at a ripe old age. We talked about how being a Christian means we have hope of Heaven, and this isn’t a final goodbye. And Christmas took on a different meaning in our home this year–a little more sober, and a little more grateful for what it means.

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I don’t mean to bring you down… I just wanted to share what is happening in the Johns home right now. And I hope you’ll all remember that your presence here on this earth means the world to someone, and without you, more people would be affected than you could ever imagine!

Christmas isn’t always perfect, but when I remember why we celebrate, then Christmas doesn’t have to be perfect for me to feel the elation of the season. Merry Christmas! Let’s celebrate with those we love, and open our hearts to those less fortunate. Because we only pass this way once… and loving each other well seems like the best use of our time possible.

Memento mori and Merry Christmas!

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That’s the Daddy

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Have I ever introduced you to the Johns’ family nativity scene? Ours is a little different that other peoples’, and I’ll tell you why.

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So, when we got a nativity set, I set it all up, and I asked our then three-year-old if he knew who the figures were.

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“That’s the mommy,” he said, pointing at Mary. Then he looked at the others, and plucked the black wiseman out from the group and stuck him next to Mary. “That’s the daddy.”

“Who’s that?” I asked, pointing the Joseph.

He thought for a moment. “The Papa.” (That’s what he calls his grandfather.)

So I disassembled the wiseman and the Joseph, and switched their props so that the wiseman got the lantern, and he became our official Joseph. We also have a father-in-law who hangs out in the background, because… well, our three-year-old declared it.

Because why not? If the nativity set can have the palest of the pale with blonde hair and blue eyes to represent people living in the Middle East, I don’t see why we can’t mix it up further!

So ever after, this has been our Holy Family.

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We’re very attached to our nativity set. Poor Baby Jesus has had his legs broken off from the years when our son used to steal him from the manger and hide him around the house. We tried glueing them back on, but the fix never lasted.

But whenever I look at our nativity set, it warms my heart. It’s ours.

And it suits us just fine! 

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Have you picked up my latest release? I think you’ll like this one! Triplet babies, a brooding cowboy, and a marriage of convenience between best friends… all at Christmas!

 

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Can a marriage of convenience…

…really last a lifetime?

Single mom Gabby Rogers needs help raising her newborn triplets, so when her best friend, Seth, proposes a marriage of convenience, she cautiously agrees—on the condition it doesn’t ruin their friendship. As far as the town of Eagle’s Rest knows, Gabby and Seth are the perfect couple, but the imaginary romance soon feels surprisingly real. With the triplets’ first Christmas drawing closer, will Gabby risk showing Seth how she truly feels?

Available now!

 

 

 

 

The tree is up!

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I love our Christmas tree! I’m sure you love yours just as much as I love mine, but it’s covered in ornaments that are filled with memories, and it makes me happy.

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I love this time of year–the coziness, the goodwill, the time with family. I look forward to Christmas all year.

I hope all of you are making sweet Christmas memories this month, too. It doesn’t have to be lavish–some cookies, a favourite movie, hot drinks, and some cold weather outside never hurts, either!

But this is our chance–let’s make the most of it!

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to be too busy to really enjoy these last weeks before Christmas.

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In the meantime, have you read my Christmas story in AN AMISH SECOND CHRISTMAS?

It’s on the shelves now! 

 

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For the Amish, the day after Christmas is for family, feasting, and exchanging simple gifts. And for three different couples, it will bring another precious chance for love . . .
 
THEIR SECOND CHANCE
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Shelley Shepard Gray
Amish nanny Hannah Eicher never thought she’d ever see Rob Prince again. There was no way a relationship between her and the handsome English fireman could overcome her family’s objections—and their personal differences. But when he saves her from a sudden blaze, Hannah longs to see if they can turn holiday hope into a lifetime of happiness . . .
 
HIS AMISH ANGEL * Patricia Johns
She’s too outspoken to be a proper Amish wife. So as advice columnist “Miss Amish,” Maggie Lapp helps Amish and English with their romantic problems. But when her tradition-minded former fiancé accidentally reveals her secret, Maggie will need more than a miracle to make things right—and find a perfect love for all the Christmases to come . . .
 
AN HEIRLOOM CHRISTMAS * Virginia Wise
Rachel Miller won’t let her disability keep her from selling heirloom plants and proving she can be independent. She certainly doesn’t need reckless Joseph Webber working at her greenhouse to pay off a disastrous Rumspringa stunt. But she and Joseph have more in common than they think—and their surprising holiday partnership might just blossom into forever joy . . .

 

 

Read. Love. Be Merry.

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Harlequin is using my book for a Christmas ad campaign! Whenever my cover gets picked for something like this, it’s so exciting, especially when it’s going to be in Women’s World Magazine, to boot! It really makes it all feel real. From December 4-10, 60 Christmas backlist books are going on sale for $1.99 each. Very exciting!

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If you haven’t picked up a copy of HER TRIPLETS’ MISTLETOE DAD, now is a GREAT time to pick it up! It’s one of my very favourites that I’ve written… including:

–triplets

–a brooding cowboy

–a marriage of convenience between best friends

–Christmas on a ranch!

With Christmas getting closer, it’s a great time to curl up with a holiday read, isn’t it?

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9781335510914

Can a marriage of convenience…

…really last a lifetime?

Single mom Gabby Rogers needs help raising her newborn triplets, so when her best friend, Seth, proposes a marriage of convenience, she cautiously agrees—on the condition it doesn’t ruin their friendship. As far as the town of Eagle’s Rest knows, Gabby and Seth are the perfect couple, but the imaginary romance soon feels surprisingly real. With the triplets’ first Christmas drawing closer, will Gabby risk showing Seth how she truly feels?

Available now!

 

 

 

 

 

All that Amish!

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Amish fiction is a lot of fun to write! What with all the cooking, the horses and buggies, the strong men and the determined women… it transports us to a different way of living where character matters more than money and the Ordnung rules absolutely.

It doesn’t matter where you are, what culture you’re from, or what time period, there is something universal about a man and a woman falling in love. And the road to love never does run smooth, does it? Not in a good romance novel, at least!

So I thought I’d introduce you to my Amish releases–both the books already on the shelf, and the books coming in 2020.

ON THE SHELVES!

The Bishop's Daughter MMIn 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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ON THE SHELVES!

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For the Amish, the day after Christmas is for family, feasting, and exchanging simple gifts. And for three different couples, it will bring another precious chance for love . . .
 
THEIR SECOND CHANCE
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Shelley Shepard Gray
Amish nanny Hannah Eicher never thought she’d ever see Rob Prince again. There was no way a relationship between her and the handsome English fireman could overcome her family’s objections—and their personal differences. But when he saves her from a sudden blaze, Hannah longs to see if they can turn holiday hope into a lifetime of happiness . . .
 
HIS AMISH ANGEL * Patricia Johns
She’s too outspoken to be a proper Amish wife. So as advice columnist “Miss Amish,” Maggie Lapp helps Amish and English with their romantic problems. But when her tradition-minded former fiancé accidentally reveals her secret, Maggie will need more than a miracle to make things right—and find a perfect love for all the Christmases to come . . .
 
AN HEIRLOOM CHRISTMAS * Virginia Wise
Rachel Miller won’t let her disability keep her from selling heirloom plants and proving she can be independent. She certainly doesn’t need reckless Joseph Webber working at her greenhouse to pay off a disastrous Rumspringa stunt. But she and Joseph have more in common than they think—and their surprising holiday partnership might just blossom into forever joy . . .

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COMING APRIL 2020

 

Thursday's Bride MM

For a proper young Amish widow struggling to begin again, encountering her reckless first love will test her forgiveness, resolve—and heart . . .

Overwhelmed by grief and tending twin baby daughters, Rosmanda Lapp is without options. She still blames her brother-in-law, Levi, for her husband’s accidental death—but she and her aging in-laws need him to keep their farm going. Yet as Levi takes on his responsibilities with a new determination and steadiness, she can’t help but regret that she chose his serious-minded brother over him. For Levi is still very much the passionate man she loved—and Rosmanda now has even more reasons to keep him at arm’s length . . .

Levi can’t blame Rosmanda for staying clear of him. He has mistakes to make up for and must finally do right by his parents. Still, he never got over his brother stealing Rosmanda away. And he can’t  deny the feelings that even now tempt them back to each other. And when a mistake from her past threatens her reputation, Levi will do whatever it takes to help her—and trust that faith and courage will at last help them claim a future together . . .

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COMING SEPTEMBER 2020

 

 

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Advance Reader copies!

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Look what arrived! A beautiful box of Advance Reader Copies (ARCs) of Thursday’s Bride.

This one is published through Kensington Books and will be out in bookstores, Walmarts, and Targets!

I can’t wait for this one to hit the shelves in April 2020. This story has:

  • Twin babies
  • A passionate romance that never that never did get closure
  • A woman’s secret come back to destroy her
  • A second chance to be with the only woman he ever loved…

 

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If you read The Bishop’s Daughter, then this is the story of Sadie’s younger sister, Rosmanda, all grown up. There is just something about scandal that clings, no matter how much a woman might want people to forget…

You can PRE-ORDER now to make sure you get your copy as soon as it’s released!

I’m Very Married

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That I’m married!

I saw this writing prompt, and it made me laugh, because I know what they were aiming at–a list of advice for keeping you happy, for understanding your moods… But that wasn’t what popped into my mind.

Now, don’t get me wrong–I don’t get hit on by people other than my husband very often, but when it does happen, I ticks me off. (And there have been a couple of recent ones that primed the pump for this post! LOL!)

I’m the kind of woman who gets offended when people, who know I’m married, hit on me. I don’t like it! I wear a very obvious wedding ring, and when I took my vows to my husband, I meant them. If you’re hitting on me, you’re disrespecting my marriage, my decisions for my life, my husband, and… I don’t know, I’m sure a whole list of other things. You’re disrespecting ME!

Whens someone hits on me, they’re hoping to break up the life I’ve worked nearly fifteen years to build! They might not want me to leave my husband (some people just want something on the side), but they want me to risk my marriage and my home. They want me to betray the man I love, and offer my body in exchange for… the ecstasies they figure they can provide without fifteen years of practice? Dream on. So what advice would I give to someone falling in love with me?

That I’m very, very married. 😉

In Her Triplets’ Mistletoe Dad, Gabby only finds out that her boyfriend is married after she discovers she’s pregnant… and she’s both heartbroken and furious. She had no intention of being the other woman in someone else’s marriage, and she goes home to raise her boys alone. Except, she need more help than she anticipates… and her old friend Seth isn’t about to let her struggle alone.

But what makes for a lasting marriage? Is it just a promise, or something more that makes keeping that promise possible?

I do hope you’ll pick up a copy of this one! It’s one of my favourites!

 

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9781335510914

Can a marriage of convenience…

…really last a lifetime?

Single mom Gabby Rogers needs help raising her newborn triplets, so when her best friend, Seth, proposes a marriage of convenience, she cautiously agrees—on the condition it doesn’t ruin their friendship. As far as the town of Eagle’s Rest knows, Gabby and Seth are the perfect couple, but the imaginary romance soon feels surprisingly real. With the triplets’ first Christmas drawing closer, will Gabby risk showing Seth how she truly feels?

Available now!

 

 

A new cover!!

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I was sent a brand new cover for my upcoming September 2020 release with Kensington Books, and I couldn’t love it more!

JEB’S WIFE is a marriage of convenience story with a hint of Beauty and Beast… He’s a large, muscular man, who is both older than her and very scarred. She’s desperate to get the money to help her brother. Together, they might be able to come out ahead, but marriage is supposed to be about more… isn’t it?

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More details to come closer to the release!

But do you love this cover as much as I do?

 

 

Two on a shelf!

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I’ve had more than one book out in a single month before, but I’ve never seen two of my books on a bookstore shelf before together! So this is a first for me! 🙂

A wonderful reader posted this picture for me of my Home on the Ranch books.

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MONTANA HOLIDAY PROMISES (top shelf) and MONTANA CHRISTMAS SECRETS (bottom shelf) are both out this month with two re-releases of Western Romance books!

Have you read these ones yet?

 

 

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Barrie Jones needs a Christmas miracle. Five months pregnant, she’s already the talk of Hope, Montana. And now her ex, retired bull rider Curtis Porter, wants to sell the building that houses Barrie’s veterinary practice—putting her out of business. Barrie should know better than to give him a second chance, but Curtis seems different… He’s talking about settling down, maybe becoming a family man. Could he really have changed?

A Rancher’s Christmas by Ann Roth

Gina Arnett comes home to Saddlers Prairie to say goodbye to her uncle and sell the family ranch she’s just inherited. Her focus is on getting back to her high-powered career in Chicago. Two things change her plans: a sudden blizzard that causes the town to be snowed in and Zach Horton—the ranch foreman with a secret past who tries to convince her to stay.

 

 

 

 

3.289671.512.9781335445674The Maverick’s Holiday Surprise by Karen Rose Smith

Cowboy Hudson Jones will do anything for family. So when his brother asks him to oversee a day-care center, he agrees. Thankfully Bella Stockton is there to help out. The capable day-care manager intrigues Hudson, but she’s keeping him at arm’s length. When he finds out the truth about Bella, will it still be a holiday to remember?

The Cowboy’s Christmas Bride by Patricia Johns

Ever since Andy Granger sold his piece of the family ranch to developers, the community can’t forgive him. He’s only back to run a cattle drive for his brother. Now the developers have cut off water to Dakota Mason’s neighboring ranch, and Dakota joins the ride to help pay the bills. Dakota has every reason to hate him, but Andy may surprise everyone…including himself.

 

Unpopular Opinion

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I stumbled across this meme online, and it makes me laugh every time I see it! Everyone loves to hate it when the canned Christmas songs come into retail stores, but I love it. (Do I need to duck when I say that?)

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The truth is, I love Christmas, and I love when the carols come out in the stores. It just makes me feel cheery! It didn’t always, though. Before Mr. Johns, I loved Christmas, but it had a little hint of sadness to it, too.

I used to listen to the romantic Christmas carols that would play in the stores and I’d feel a little melancholy. I’ll Be Home for Christmas. All I Want for Christmas Is You. Walking In a Winter Wonderland… It’s all about romantic love, isn’t it?  I had a loving extended family to do holiday things with, but there comes a stage in life when it isn’t quite enough to fill your heart.

I think those days of longing are a necessary part of finding the right person. We read stories about being anything but ready for love, and then having it slam us over the head and change our lives. But in reality, we don’t let things change our lives quite so easily, if we haven’t given it some thought first.

In HER TRIPLETS’ MISTLETOE DAD, Gabby was ever so ready to find a decent guy to settle down with, but it all went wrong when she discovered he was already married! So when she comes home with her newborn triplets, she’s not ready to take another risk… not as a new mom.

But Christmas has a way of putting people’s minds toward domestic happiness–wood fires, home-baked goodies, cuddling under a quilt… and two old friends are suddenly seeing each other in a very different light!

I hope you’ll pick up a copy! I have a feeling you’ll really love this one.

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9781335510914

Can a marriage of convenience…

…really last a lifetime?

Single mom Gabby Rogers needs help raising her newborn triplets, so when her best friend, Seth, proposes a marriage of convenience, she cautiously agrees—on the condition it doesn’t ruin their friendship. As far as the town of Eagle’s Rest knows, Gabby and Seth are the perfect couple, but the imaginary romance soon feels surprisingly real. With the triplets’ first Christmas drawing closer, will Gabby risk showing Seth how she truly feels?

Available now!