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?

 

 

3.289667.512.9781335445650Montana Mistletoe Baby by Patricia Johns

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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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!

 

 

 

Try Harlequin!

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Harlequin Books is running a Christmas promotion where you get to try FREE festive books from all the different series and see what kind of romances you enjoy the most.

And this time, one of MY books is being featured! 🙂

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My Heartwarming book that is being featured is A BOY’S CHRISTMAS WISH.

 

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A secret son ended Danny Brockwood’s engagement to Beth Thomas years ago, but she’s back for Christmas and about to be a single mother. Can they win each other’s trust with one determined boy’s help?

This story has:

  • a pregnant heroine
  • a single dad
  • a heartbroken boy who just needs a mom
  • all the Christmas deep feels you can handle! 🙂

 

 

You can get my book for free, as well as eleven others from other series! It’s a great way to spend some chilly evenings, curled up with Harlequin romance. 🙂

 

This is what tired looks like!

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If you meet me in public, I will appear to having things together. I DO have things together when it comes to meeting deadlines, writing books, keeping my family organized… I am a competent adult.

But the other day, I went to my parents’ place for dinner (mostly because I really didn’t feel like cooking, so we asked my dad to cook for us instead.) I poured a glass of Sprite for myself, and while I was saying something, I brought the cup up to my mouth, but obviously couldn’t sip because I was talking, so while I finished my sentence, I just dribbled Sprite into my lap.

That is what tired looks like! And luckily for all of you, it doesn’t seem to affect my writing, just my motor skills. 😉 It’s also generally fixed by a weekend off.

So when I came across these gems online, it made me feel infinitely better that I’m not alone in these things!

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LOL! And to everyone else who makes a fool of themselves when tired out, you have my sympathy. Here is to a well-timed REST! 🙂

 

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Releasing TODAY!

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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!

Coming November 5, 2019!

 

Stormy Moors

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Last weekend was a working weekend—I had page proofs to go over for my next release for Kensington Books.

Thursday’s Bride comes out in April 2020, and for those of you who have read The Bishop’s Daughter, this is the story of Sadie’s rebellious younger sister, Rosmanda.

Page proofs are basically what the page will look like once it’s printed out, and I have to go over each page looking for typos. It’s a big job, and I like to do this kind of work when my family is around, because looking for typos doesn’t require any creativity–something that I find difficult to get at when I’ve got my family at home with me.

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And there is just something official-feeling about handling a ream of pages like this. It makes the whole experience that much more physical than working on a screen. I feel like I should have a quill, and stormy moors outside my window.

In reality, when I spread all this out on my kitchen table, and instead of stormy moors, I had a rainy street outside my window. Life is much more dramatic in my head. 😉

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Until Rosmanda’s story releases, 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 . . .

 

 

25 book pin!

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Look what arrived! ❤

I got my Harlequin 25 book pin! I’m very excited to have it–such a milestone to achieve, and it’s so thoughtful of Harlequin to give us something tangible to remember it by. ❤

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Here it is, in all its glory! Twenty-five books seem to have flown by, and I’ve loved writing all of them. I feel incredibly lucky to be able to write books for a living, and I never take it for granted.

So thank you to all my readers who make this amazing life possible! I couldn’t do it without out!

Moody authors

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I’m currently finishing the first book in my INFAMOUS AMISH miniseries for Kensington Books. (That title is subject to change.) But I’m just loving this story!

You know how when you finish reading a book that really grabbed you, there is this kind of pleasant melancholy that it’s over, and that you have to move on to a different story, or worse still, real life? 😉 Well, it’s the same for the author, but maybe worse. I get a little moody after finishing a book and sending it off to my agent. Writing the book is an even more immersive experience than reading it, because you create all of these characters inside of you, and you carry them around with you.

The other day, I was talking to my friend, and I starting thinking about the epilogue for this particular story, and she laughed and said, “You’re plotting, aren’t you? I can tell.”

Every book I write takes me over, so when the book is finished, I’m both relieved because it’s one heck of a lot of work, but I’m also a little sad to be done with it. This book was a real pleasure to write, and I can’t wait for the day that it releases and I get to share it with all of you in 2021!

In the meantime, the cure for my gloomy mood will be to move on to the next book I’m writing for Harlequin’s Love Inspired line. It’s is another Amish story, and on these dreary, chilly fall days, it brings some warmth back.

That, and turkey soup!

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Photo by Ergosumm88

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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 . . .

 

It’s on the shelves!

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It’s always a thrill to see one of my books on physical bookstore shelves, but my Kensington Amish books don’t make it to my local area Walmarts. In our neck of the woods of Alberta, it’s all cowboys, apparently, so I don’t get to see my Amish books out there in person.

It’s a little disappointing not to be able to stalk AN AMISH SECOND CHRISTMAS in public, but I do have my own copies.

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However, a reader was kind enough to send me this picture of AN AMISH SECOND CHRISTMAS on the shelves!

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This novella anthology has been getting great, 5 star reviews from readers!

Quite a lovely book. I enjoyed it immensely. I recommend it highly.”

For ppl who love short novellas in the same book this is for you. Each story in it’s own right is delightful and highly recommended. There’s something for everyone in here.

My favorite sentence in the entire book, “married people realize what they have to lose and it is only then that they choose to bend for each other.” I find this beautiful and so true.” —That was from mine! 😉

If you see one of my books in the wild, I’m always tickled to see a picture of it on the shelves. Especially my Amish books–I don’t see them personally, so this is as close as I get to sneaking up on them in the wild!

Happy Birthday to Me!

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Do you ever wonder how Betty Boop would have aged? What would she have been like in her forties?

250px-Betty_Boop_patent_fig1In the cartoons, we see her when she’s young and very aware of her nubile sexuality, but that’s a short stage in life–a very short one. After that realization that your feminine wiles have power, comes the realization that your feminine wiles also draw some very unwelcome attention, too. And after that, you learn that you have to fight back (sometimes) and that you have to be cautious.

In her forties, I imagine her very differently. She’s still beautiful, she’s still sexy, but she now has a law degree and hefty bank account. No one dares to whistle at her now, and the man to slap her heinie will find himself slapped with a lawsuit. She might even offer to represent his wife in the divorce. She strikes me as the type to get even.

She’s married, I think. For the second time–because the first one was probably a dud. She learned hard lessons from that marriage, but she chose better the second time. He’s smart, and he’s wildly attracted to both her body and her mind. She’s got daughters, and she sits them down and tells them the honest truth about the dangers out there, and about what they bring to the table.

“Don’t waste it,” she says. “You’re so much smarter than you think.”

“And if those boys try anything, I’ll deal with them,” her husband says. He’s very protective of his daughters.

“Don’t be silly, that’s assault,” she said with a her trademark wink. “You let me take care of it.”

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sleeping-beautyWhat about Sleeping Beauty? She was so willing to please, so eager to be loved, so trusting. Youth is like that, but what would she have been like twenty-five years after that fateful kiss?

I think she would still have been kind, but that kindness would have sunk deeper. She’d have a better understanding of men now, a better understanding of evil, too. That would have turned her into a compassionate woman, but also a demanding one. She knows that magic is real, and that it has a dark side she’d rather not tangle with again. She hates apples now–won’t even touch them. I imagine her with sons, and the advice she gives them is different: “Find the right woman, but get to know her. Your dad was bloody lucky I wasn’t a witch, myself.”

She doesn’t become queen and not grow into her power, as well. Her prince, now a king, will love her not for her beauty and innocence any longer, but for her mind and insight. And her beauty, too, of course. But he’ll have grown into a deep respect for her, too. He can’t imagine ruling without her.

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I turned 41 this week, and I was wondering what I would write about. I like this decade–it’s a satisfying one so far. All too often, our books and movies revolve around the young. Of course, it doesn’t feel all that long ago that I was 21, pretty and still rather naive about the world around me, but twenty years fly by.

I’m different than I was in my youth. I’m stronger, I’m wiser, I love more deeply now than I was ever capable of before. I’m more flexible. I married the right guy, and we’re growing together. We bring out the best in each other–compassion, thoughtfulness, more patience than I come by naturally. And we have a son who forces us to grow in whole new ways together as a family. Kids do that.

There is so much to enjoy on this side of 40, and I’m settling in nicely.  Youth is wonderful, memorable, magical… but I think I prefer experience.

 

Utility Turkeys

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I learned a couple of years ago that the United States doesn’t have utility turkeys. This is purely a Canadian thing, but it’s a really wonderful Canadian thing!

When turkeys get damaged in processing (the skin gets nicked, a wing gets lopped off), then those turkeys are sold cheaper than the perfect turkeys, and they are sold under the term “utility grade turkey.” Basically, it’s not going to be picture perfect, but you’ve got yourself an entire turkey for cheap! (This year, they were .97/lb.) So each of those turkeys were about $13 each.

Perfect turkeys are called Grade A turkeys, and they sell for considerably more.

I LOVE the utility turkey time of the year that comes just before Canadian Thanksgiving, which happened to be this weekend. It only happens once, so if you want to stock up, this is your time.

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This is my current freezer situation. Yes, those are four turkeys. I always get the smallest ones because our family is only three, so even with guests, we’ll never eat a whole turkey! But four turkeys will last us a whole winter. There is the Thanksgiving turkey, the Christmas turkey, and then two more for afterwards, when you’re cold and hungry, and hankering for another turkey dinner.

But slightly imperfect or not, the utility turkey makes for a delicious family dinner. 🙂

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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 for Pre-order now!

Coming November 2019!