Do you have your copy yet?

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Have you preordered your copy yet? This one comes out July 1, 2019, and I can’t wait for you to read it!

The tiniest of newborns, a big, bulky cop who has never learned quite enough of the soft skills, and a burnt out social worker who just can’t turn down this frazzled new dad…

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9781335510747He’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?

 

 

 

 

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Free Read!

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My Free Read is now live on Harlequin’s website! I love being able to contribute to the free reads, and this novella was so much fun to write.

You can now read the first chapter of Home for the Fourth of July. Every week, a new chapter will be unlocked! This is a sweet story with a cop, his oldest friend, and a break-up that just might give him the chance he never knew he was waiting for…

 

Home for the Fourth of July

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Megan Davis has always wanted to leave her small Colorado hometown for life in the city. So when she finds herself back in Eagle’s Rest, brokenhearted, she tells herself it’s a temporary setback.

Determined to enjoy the Fourth of July weekend, Megan accepts Liam Scott’s invitation to his family’s holiday celebration at Blue Fish Lake. It doesn’t matter that Liam’s parents have been waging a decades-long matchmaking campaign—Megan and Liam are just friends. Megan’s life is in Denver, and Liam is committed to his job protecting Eagle’s Rest as a police officer.

But spending time with Liam reminds Megan of all she’s been missing—laughter, friendship and the natural beauty of Eagle’s Rest. Will Megan keep ignoring the deep emotions sparking between her and Liam, or is she finally ready to embrace a future that’s more than she could ever have imagined?

To read more, click here!

Reviewers wanted!

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It’s that time again… I’m looking for a few good readers who can commit to reading and reviewing the third and final book in my MONTANA TWINS miniseries, A RANCHER TO REMEMBER.

If you are interested in reviewing this book, and posting your review on various online locations, such as Bookbub, Harlequin, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Indigo/Chapters/Coles, Goodreads, a personal blog, etc… then please send me a message on my contact page telling me:

  1. A little bit about yourself
  2. Where you can commit to leaving reviews

*If you are selected, I will send you an EPUB version of the book for reviewing purposes. No substitutions. 

**Please allow me about a week to respond. 🙂

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He’s forgotten how to be a daddy
But he’ll learn for his
Montana Twins

It’s no surprise that Sawyer West doesn’t recognize the beautiful woman visiting his ranch. After an accident, he doesn’t remember anyone. Not even his twin toddlers. Still, something tells him he can trust Olivia Martin, who offers her help with the girls—and recovering his missing memories. Yet that trust may shatter when he learns why she’s really there…

 

 

Look what arrived!

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My very first copies of A RANCHER TO REMEMBER showed up on my doorstep the other day, and I couldn’t wait to share this with you!

I love this story… a cowboy dad to rambunctious twins who loses his memory only to discover the only person who sparks even the faintest memory is a woman who wasn’t his wife! What kind of a man was he? Is he willing to find out?

A RANCHER TO REMEMBER , the last book in my Montana Twins miniseries, hits the shelves this August!

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Toast and tea

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I love toast and tea. They’re my comfort food. Nothing is so yummy as hot toast with margarine melting on top and a sweet, steaming cup of tea.

It tastes like home and happy times.

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In life, we have so many choices, but every choice comes with limitations. You can’t have it all–at least not at the same time. When I chose to focus on a writing career years ago, I knew I wouldn’t have regular pay checks and that I’d have to squirrel away my earnings so that I could be prepared for the lean times, but I was willing to! I was willing to work part time at odd jobs to keep myself because I wanted to be a writer, and I was willing to take those chances.

But I learned a lot in those lean years about the true pleasures in life.

I remember sitting with my roommate in the house we were each renting rooms–a pot of tea in front of us, and a wheel of Camembert cheese on the kitchen table. I don’t think either of us expected to hit it off like we did. We came from different worlds, but we thoroughly entertained each other. We’d sit there drinking tea, eating cheese and talking for hours. She was a fellow artist with other priorities like I had, and she still has a warm place in my heart. While other people might have complained about that drip from the ceiling every time it rained, I kind of liked it–it gave me that Charles Dickens kind of feeling, where anything was possible from here. (I have a very melodramatic internal world.)

And those pots of tea we kept refilling, the wheel of cheese we nibbled off of, the little downtown market where we bought our fresh food and the booming thunder outside while our kitchen ceiling merrily dripped, have mingled together to be one of the sweetest memories I have from those starving artist years.

Even thinking of it now, I can’t help but smile. We’ve both moved on in our lives, moved up, but every once in a while we’ll message each other and say, “I miss our kitchen chats!” Because happiness–the real, deep kind–is most often linked to a pot of tea, a cozy day, and pleasant company.

We only pass through these years once, and there is no reason why we have to choke down bread and water when toast and tea are so easily made.

It’s all in your perspective… and the people around you.

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Have you picked up my Amish romance? It’s on the shelves now in Walmart, Target and bookstores everywhere.

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 . . .

 

The tiniest of newborns

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When my son was born, he was two months premature, and only 4 lbs. He was tiny, and not at all ready to be on the outside. He stayed tiny for quite a long while. He was a month and a half old when he hit 5 lbs and was finally able to come home from the hospital. At 3 months old, he finally hit 8 lbs, and I remember thinking, “Wow, he’s as big as a regular newborn now…”

These are the newborn diapers from the hospital and his itty bitty ankle bracelet. Those diapers had to be folded over to fit him, and he still swam in them.

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Those weren’t easy weeks when he was first born. Babies that little struggle to stay alive. But once we got him home, we were able to relax a little bit–snuggle him and start out some regular life with our baby who needed to be fed every hour because his tummy was still so small. I didn’t get a lot of sleep, I can tell you that!

When I wrote THE LAWMAN’S BABY with premature, 5 lb Benjie, I had my own little boy in my heart the entire time. A baby that tiny needed a lot of love, and who better to provide it than a beefy cop? Yes, that seemed like the perfect combination to me!

Have you pre-ordered your copy yet?

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9781335510747He’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?

 

 

 

 

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You can’t compare

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As an author, you have to be able to do this… because you can’t compare yourself! People know how to classify an accountant, or a lawyer, or a stay at home mom. They have a general sense of how much you make if you’re a manager or a bank teller. But as an author… where do you land? They have no idea! You’ve chosen a path that very few people choose, and you’re kind of on your own out there. Sink or swim, successful or not, when you walk into a room there isn’t another person who understands what you’re doing with yourself… or why! You’re going to be the odd one out.

But that’s okay. Because when I walk into a room, I don’t see people I need to compare myself to, I see a roomful of walking stories.

People are intriguing! They are all reacting to something, they’re all inspired by something and frightened by something else. And that unique combination of elements guides every single step they take.

So I don’t compare myself to others, I compare people to other people, and if you catch me looking at you all thoughtfully, it’s very likely that I’m wondering what it’s like to walk in your shoes… who you love… what you long for…

Because you’re interesting. 🙂

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Have you picked up my Amish romance? It’s on the shelves now in Walmart, Target and bookstores everywhere.

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 . . .

 

Covers across the pond

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The LAWMAN’S BABY is officially released July 2019! So it’s on the way… and here’s a little tip: if you preorder through Harlequin, they start shipping those books out June 1!

I love seeing how the covers are different between North America and the UK, and while this cover’s differences are subtle, I still like the different looks.

This first one is the North American cover:

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And this one is the UK version:

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I love them both, but you know… I think I like the UK version just a tiny bit more!

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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?

 

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Only so much brain

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You know when people used to think the world was flat, and they thought if you sailed far enough, you’d just topple off the edge of the world? They were quite concerned about it. If you didn’t sail too far, you wouldn’t have to worry, but if you went further than the map… Whoops!

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Being an author is very much like that. There really is only so much functional brain that I’ve got.

I didn’t used to know that! Back in my twenties, I used to think that I was relatively intelligent, and I’d never experienced the edge of my brain before. I was full of ideas, full of concepts, constantly making new connections, growing, learning… and maybe that’s just youth! Then I started writing six books a year, and I had edits, marketing, fresh writing, blogging, and caring for my family all going at once. Six novels, full of new characters, new developments, new relationships, new issues… Six novels that move on to various stages before publication… And guess what?

We have found the edge, folks!

I forget words… I forget names! Like, of people I know, people who are friends, who I spend time with. And I have to introduce them, and just stare at them blankly for about three seconds until it kicks in. It’s terrible! Because obviously, people’s names matter. People matter. Then I look at someone and think they look remarkably like a celebrity, and I forget the celebrity’s name, too. My brain has only so much space for readily accessible information, and it’s all used up with pretend people.

And while it’s a little disconcerting to realize that you’ve found the edge of your mental abilities, I suppose there is some comfort in having used all you’ve got. 😉 At least there isn’t some untapped well of wasted creative potential. right?

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Have you picked up my Amish romance? It’s on the shelves now in Walmart, Target and bookstores everywhere.

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 . . .