My special book signing pen

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Yes, I do have one! 🙂

This last Christmas, it was what I asked Mr. Johns to get for me. I wanted a fountain pen that I could use when signing books, and he came through!

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I love the way a fountain pen writes, and my jots and scribbles of book ideas and reminders to myself just feel that much more momentous when written with a fountain pen.

I also have a little stash of ink cartridges that come in different colours. I started out with pink, and I’m currently using a black cartridge, but I also have green, purple, blue and red waiting for me! Sweet anticipation.

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I never thought I’d be a pen person. But here I am! And I love my pen! 🙂

So if I sign a book for you going forward, you know which pen I used to do it!

 

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Have you read my March release yet?

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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?

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Cover Vs. Cover!

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Harlequin used my May 2019 release for their Cover Vs. Cover ads on Facebook last week!

I love when they use mine. 🙂  And I couldn’t love my cover more! It’s just so cute–the red-headed twins, the way you can tell the hero is saying “Two?” in response to what the little girl is saying… It’s just a dream cover.

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But Jill Kemerer’s book looks great, too! There’s just something about a cute baby belly, isn’t there? So I hope when you see these on the shelves late April, you’ll pick up both of them. It would be cruelty of me to ask you to choose. 😉

Daisy the cow

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When I started writing western romances with cowboys and cattle drives, I stumbled across these toy cows in our local Peavy Hardware store. I wanted one because it would be inspiration for while I wrote, and my husband happened to be with me when I was struck with the idea. He got this wistful look on his face and said all momentously, “Yes, I will buy you a cow.”

I didn’t really understand his response. It was a plastic cow meant to inspire my books about cowboys, but he baffles me on a regular basis, so it’s par for the course, really. I was happy to bring it home, stick it on my desk, and use it for inspiration.

Meet Daisy.

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My husband took a picture of the little figurine and sent it to his family. They all responded, gushing with admiration.

“You are so romantic! I can’t believe how romantic you are!”

And I thought that was a little strange,  too, but knowing how much my husband loves me, I figured I was missing something in their conversation (that happened in a different language, so I tend to miss a lot anyway.)

It took a few months before my husband clued me in to why he’s such an amazing romantic…

In my husband’s home country in East Africa, cows are very significant. The country was a farming country originally, and cows were considered wealth. But it went deeper than money. A beautiful woman was described as having eyes like a cow. The herders that care for the cattle are gentle and tender with them. That sense of emotional importance around cattle has remained in the culture and in the language, and people will still give each other cows as meaningful gifts. In fact, a bride is often gifted with a cow by her in-laws, as a gesture of acceptance and approval.

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When Mr. Johns and I first got married, I asked my father-in-law if he’d give me a cow, since I heard it was tradition. Much later, I learned that asking for a cow is horribly rude! (Oops!) Luckily, he understood my intent to simply be part of things, and he very happily gave me a cow from his herd. It’s had babies, so I have multiple cows in Africa now. And I think it’s really neat! One day, I’ll have to go see them myself.

Anyway, I hadn’t made the connection between a little cow figurine and all the other deeper meaning because it wasn’t a real cow, or in Africa. But once I did, I went all gooey, too, and said, “Oh, honey… You’re really a romantic! You gave me a cow!”

So Daisy holds a special place in my heart, and a special place on my desk. She’s definitely inspiration for my romance writing!

 

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Have you read my March release yet?

4.282079.512.9781335510570He’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?

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A deep, personal attachment to my desk

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I get very attached to my writing desks. I spend a lot of time at those desks, and I crank out book after book there, so it stands to reason that they’ll become somewhat special to me, won’t they?

I came across this old picture of my last writing desk. It isn’t the most attractive photo. It doesn’t show things in good light or even with a clean floor! But it represents a certain phase in my life–when my son was in young and we constantly stepped over a lake of Lego.. But this was a few years ago–he’s in middle school now, and the lake of Lego has turned into a mountain. Where does the time go?

Still, this was my desk, and it was where I wrote my books while life happened around me.

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I’ve had this roll top desk since I was about 23 or 24–before I even met my husband. My parents picked it up for me from an estate auction, and they drove it out to my downtown digs where I was working part time and writing full time. I wrote my first published novel at this desk! It has good mojo.

My husband and I still have this little oak desk–there is no way I’ll EVER get rid of it! I just love it too much. It’s currently in a different room, and my husband uses it, but I’m still a little protective of it. “Be gentle. Don’t pull too hard on that… You have to be careful with that knob…” What can I say? I’m attached.

That brings us to my current desk. I love this desk, too. It was a reward to myself for all my hard work, and I still spend hours and hours typing away at this desk. Except now there is so much more elbow space!

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This desk is MUCH more comfortable to work at, and it feels good to spread out a bit. It has room for everything I need from files to my printer. It’ll be a beast to move when do move house again, but I think it’ll be worth it!

I love the bookshelf space this desk boasts–and I have my entire set of published novels stashed on this desk. It’s definitely my little happy space. I don’t think I’ll change desks again. This is the desk I intend to die behind. 😉

 

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Have you read my March release yet?

4.282079.512.9781335510570He’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?

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Reviewers wanted!

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This May, my Love Inspired book, HER TWINS’ COWBOY DAD is going to hit the shelves, and I’m looking for reviewers.

If you can commit to reading and reviewing this book, and posting that review, I’d like to hear from you.

Places where I’d love to see reviews for my book posted:

  1. Your blog
  2. Amazon
  3. Bookbub
  4. Goodreads
  5. Harlequin
  6. Any online site where you buy your books and they allow for reviews!

If you’re interested, please contact me at my contact page by filling out the form that is provided there. Tell me a little bit about yourself and where you can commit to posting a review.

*E-pub copies of the book supplied only. No exceptions.

This is the second book in my Montana Twins miniseries!

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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?

 

 

 

Dinner, cake and a scarf–hooray!

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My twentieth book came out this month, and I’ve mentioned that I decided to celebrate this one. But being the celiac person who can’t eat out, it limits my celebratory activities. So my big plans were to have my parents come for dinner. I asked my dad to make a cake. He is bound and determined to find a way to make a good gluten-free, dairy-free cake, and has been trying his hand at different recipes and tricks for a little while now. This time around he tried again with chocolate chips and a boiled icing. My husband made dinner, and we all had a big, African meal and cake for dessert.

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My husband got me a book page scarf that I’ve been lusting after for the last while, which I’m just thrilled with. It’s so neat–the print on the infinity scarf is made from real pages taken from A Study in Scarlet by Sherlock Holmes. I haven’t read this one, but I think I might have to now, just so I can say I’ve read the book on my scarf. LOL!

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My almost 11-year-old son was the photographer, and my mom and I decided that women of a certain age require a selfie, just to make sure we get a decent picture. 😉 So here we are–after a delicious meal and cake.

And that was my little, introverted 20th book celebration with the people I love most. ❤ It was great!

Ten more releases, and I’ll do it again. 😉

 

*If you’d like a closer look at that scarf, here’s a better picture of it:

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New books!

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Look what arrived! This is my second May 2019 release, Her Twins’ Cowboy Dad.

I was out when the UPS guy came by, so I asked Mr. Johns to pick up the box on his way home from work. I was pretty sure I knew what was in this box, and I wasn’t disappointed!

 

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This is the back cover copy for the story:

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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We have a friend who keeps telling us that marriage is just a piece of paper, and Mr. Johns and I disagree with him on that point. It’s more than a legality… in our humble opinion, at least. And in our experience. But these dinner party debates sparked the idea for this book. My hero is convinced that marriage is nothing more than a piece of paper. My heroine? She disagrees. But she’s no more interested in getting married again than he is! It’ll take more than her rambunctious twins to tug these two together…

 

This book hits the shelves May 2019! 

Advanced Reader Copies

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If you’re a blogger, book reviewer or someone with a platform, Kensington Books is happy to share a digital Advanced Review Copy of THE BISHOP’S DAUGHTER on Netgalley.

I can’t wait for this book to come out! If you have a review platform on social media, a blog, or something similar, this is a great way to check it out!

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My writing buddy

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Right now, I’m editing. I have two first drafts I have to revise this month, and then hand in, so I’m busy with the less dramatic side of things. Once you sign those contracts, you have to write the books… and edit them!

But it still keeps me in front of my computer, working away during my office hours. My parrot, Pichu, loves cuddling up with me while I write. Sometimes he’s on my shoulder, sometimes he’s on my wrist so he can feel the jiggle of my typing, and other times, he likes this spot. 😉

 

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And sometimes, me clattering away at my computer gets boring for the little guy and I have to find something else to occupy him. He has stuffed animals he plays with, and I try to change up his toys, but he likes nothing better than that satisfying crunch of a business card.

 

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Don’t forget to check out my March release, Falling for the Cowboy Dad. It already has some great reviews on Goodreads!

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A Kensington Giveaway!

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Kensington Books is hosting a Goodreads giveaway for my May release, THE BISHOP’S DAUGHTER. There are 25 copies set to be won, and the giveaway will start tomorrow, running from February 19-26. So if you’d like a chance to win a copy of my debut Amish romance with Kensington Books, this is the link!

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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 . . .

 

For a chance to win, click here!