Spot the difference

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I love when Harlequin uses my covers for Spot the Difference!

This is my May release, Her Twins’ Cowboy Dad.

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Can you see the difference! It didn’t take me long, but then I’ve been staring at this cover for months now. 😉

If you haven’t picked up a copy of your own, I hope you will! A brooding cowboy, an unexpected twist to an inheritance, and two bubbly twins… What’s not to love?

 

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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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Someone just NOTICE

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Everyone in our home hates cleaning the bathroom. We only have one, though, so there isn’t really the option to allow one bathroom to go back to nature until someone else cleans it. We all share the same bathroom… and I, personally, have to use it.

So my bathroom cleaning schedule consists of two thorough cleans a week, but I have a problem. While I don’t mind doing the mid-week clean every week, I do require some form of thanks or expression of admiration. A little ooo-ing and aw-ing over the gleaming state of the bathroom really helps!

Now, when Mr. Johns is really riding high as a husband, he’ll notice the clean bathroom and say something.

“Honey, did you clean this? Wow. It looks great. Thank you.”

He earns a lot of brownie points for this.

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When he’s distracted by work etc., he doesn’t notice, and he takes his shower and wanders off. So I had a trick–wait until Thursday to clean the bathroom, by which point Mr. Johns is so grateful to have it clean again that he’s bound to notice. But then, as stated above, I have to use that bathroom, too!

So I came up with a new plan. I thoroughly cleaned the bathroom, but then I left the shower curtain twisted up and out of the way, and I left the long handled scrubber in the corner of the shower. This way, Mr. Johns would physically have to bring down the shower curtain and trip over the scrubber. He’d have to notice then!

It didn’t work.

I’m finicky about having hot water, and Mr. Johns really doesn’t care if his shower is luke warm. So I was the first one to take a shower, and I was the one who tripped over the scrubber!

Me: Honey! Honey! Come here!

Mr. Johns: What?

Me: Come here!

Mr. Johns came into the bathroom: What? What’s wrong?

Me: Did you notice that I cleaned this place?

Mr. Johns, looking around: Oh, yeah. I did notice. Sorry, it looks great. Thanks.

And that is really all I require. Just some thanks. Someone to NOTICE. But I’ve come to a new conclusion… I’m going to have to be more direct. The next time I clean the bathroom, I’m going to text Mr. Johns:

I cleaned the bathroom. Tell me you love me.

 

Christmas Cowboys!

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I have some exciting news! Harlequin is re-releasing three of my Cowboy romances that first came out through their Western Romance line. Unfortunately, the Western line was shut down, but they are re-releasing many of our books in double digests.

I just loved those cowboy stories!

And you can look forward to seeing those books again!

This November, my books will be included in two releases:

Home on the Ranch: Montana Holiday Promises

Where you’ll see Montana Mistletoe Baby by Yours Truly, and another book by Ann Roth,

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and

Home on the Ranch: Montana Christmas Secrets

Where you’ll see The Cowboy’s Christmas Bride by Yours Truly, and another book by Karen Rose Smith.

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I’m just thrilled to have these books on the shelves again come November! I hope you’ll pick them up. My Hope, Montana series is one of my very favourites. ❤

 

Spring Snow

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We got some May snow this year… it’s been a couple of years since this has happened, and somehow I have a very short memory when it comes to seasonally unwelcome snow. 😉 I’m ready for green grass and flowers! But… you take what you get, right?

I snapped a few pictures while seeing my son off to school one morning, and thought I’d share them with you in good faith that this is our LAST snow until fall.

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This is Alberta, after all!

And in the meantime, while we wait for some proper greenery and spring around here, here is my book on the shelves! Isn’t it beautiful?

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THE BISHOP’S DAUGHTER is now in the stores!

Reviewers Wanted!

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It’s that time again… I’m looking for a few good readers who are willing to post reviews on my July 2019 release, THE LAWMAN’S BABY.

If you’re willing to commit to posting reviews online in places like:

  • Facebook
  • Bookbub
  • Goodreads
  • Amazon
  • Barnes and Noble
  • Chapter/Coles/Indigo
  • Your own book blog or review site

 

…then contact me by filling out the contact form here, and let me know:

  • A little bit about you
  • Where you can commit to posting reviews

 

It will take me a week or two to get back to you, so don’t worry that I’ve forgotten! 🙂 I hope you’re as excited about this next release as I am!

*EPUB version of the book available only. No exceptions. 

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He’s in over his head…

And calling for backup!

Police officer Mike McMann is always cool under pressure, but taking custody of his infant nephew has left him in a cold sweat. Coming to his rescue is social worker Paige Stedler. Paige gives him a crash course on parenting—and a tempting glimpse into a life beyond the badge. But is Mike ready to trade in his SWAT team aspirations for a white picket fence?

 

 

 

 

The story of you

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Today is a part of your success story. That is the complete truth. Twenty years from now, you’re going to be telling your story to someone, and you’re going to include this. Right here. You might succinctly sum up a few years in a nutshell, but you’ll still include it…

Today is a part of the story of how you made it.

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Writing is a very solitary activity. Writing ambitions are even more solitary, because they rely almost entirely upon your own ability to write, complete a project and submit it to publishers or agents. And it’s hard. So hard.

It’s also easy to stop. There is no one standing over you, reminding you of your goals. No one is demanding you finish your book. You could take today off, and literally no one on this planet would care. It’s sobering, isn’t it? And this is why so many people would like to write a book, but haven’t. It’s also why so many people have started writing a book, but didn’t finish it. I’m not judging, I’m sympathizing. It’s HARD. But I can tell you this: if you stop trying, it will affect the story you’re able to tell later on.

How will you tell the story of today?

“The kids were young, and I was just exhausted. I remember this one day when they’d torn the house to shreds, and I had to choose between cleaning and writing, and…”

“It was the worst day! I had gotten a rejection, and I was really depressed about it. I remember thinking it couldn’t get any worse, and then my toddler threw up into my hands…”

“Those were hard years. I was working full time, writing in the evenings, and I had no idea if I’d ever get my big break…”

“I had this idea for a quirky little book. It actually started out as a joke with my sister! But I started writing it, and I just fell in love with the characters… If I knew then that it would become such a hit…”

“My cousin told me that I’d never make it. She outlined all the reasons why I was crazy for even trying. I mean, she’s eaten her words since, but…”

The hardest years are your glory years–the part of the story that gets the most interesting. The hardest years are the story you tell when you’ve made it–the agony that it took to get there. Today, no matter how hard it is, is a part of your success story.

How are you going to tell it?

Don’t be too humble

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A lot of writing advice has already been given by authors who say it much better than I would, but there are a few gems that don’t normally get doled out to the aspiring authors, and I thought that I’d take the opportunity to chime in.

Katlanovo_spa,_39My little nugget of advice to writers who are aiming for publication: Don’t be too humble.

Now, there is a time and a place for everything, and this piece of advice is one that needs to be used with some discretion. On Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites, there are great opportunities to connect with the writing community. And being humble and showing respect to the authors who have more experience than you is a good practice. Authors have honed their craft and worked their way up for literally decades, and they deserve some respect for their accomplishments and professionalism. If you want advice from a seasoned author, politeness and professionalism go a long way. You really don’t want to make a fool of yourself on Twitter.

But being humble and sitting back can really hamper you in the publishing process. Yes, you are new. Yes, you need experience. But that doesn’t mean you don’t have what it takes to succeed! You have a story to tell, and no one can tell it just like you. Every single author out there started out where you are–writing like crazy and just putting their work out there. They all experienced rejections, and they weren’t any more special than you are. So don’t be so humble that you sit back and learn by listening for too long.

The best way to learn is by doing. You want to be sitting in front of your computer or journal or piece of paper–however you write–and putting words together. You want practice, and when you think you have a story that’s special, you have to have the guts to submit it somewhere.

The worst thing that can happen is a rejection. The best thing? Publication!

Yes, the publishing world is competitive. It’s hard to get in. But that doesn’t make it impossible for you to do!

So be humble when you are around those who are more experienced than you are. But when you’re in front of your manuscript, forget humble! Be bold. Be audacious. And believe that you’ve got something special, because you do. No one else has your voice, your perspective, or your story.

Besides, persistence really is the secret to success, and persistent people aren’t humbly standing in the back.

Now, get back to work! 😉

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Have you picked up a copy of my latest release? It’s on the shelves now!

4.283470.512.9781335479167A 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?

Free first chapter preview here! 

I’ve found it in the wild!

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I love being able to visit my books in the wild… all fending for themselves out there. It’s one experience to get your own box of books from the publisher and hold them in your hands, but quite another to see it on the shelves! I go book-stalking when my books come out, so I can go look at them on the shelves and get a picture without drawing attention and looking like a weirdo. 😉 Introvert problems.

This time, I spotted it in our local grocery store on the Easter weekend. Ta da! Directly after this photo was taken, I bought margarine.

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Have you picked up your copy yet? 

 

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4.283470.512.9781335479167A 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?

Free first chapter preview here! 

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!

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