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!

The Bishop's Daughter MM

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! 

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Another contract!

I’m very pleased to announce that I’ve signed a new contract with Harlequin Love Inspired, arranged by Holloway Literary! I signed and mailed off the contract yesterday, so it’s all official now.

This contract is for six new books with Love Inspired, all Amish romance! So I am officially moving into Amish for the next few years, and I couldn’t be more excited. I have so many ideas, and can’t wait to start writing these!

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The first three books are a miniseries tentatively entitled The Men of Redemption Carpentry. This three book series will follow three carpenters working together in one shop, their lives and their search for love all intertwined. The next three books in the contract are what are called “blind books.” That basically means that Love Inspired has contracted me for three more books, but they are trusting me to submit something really great without knowing up front what those books are. I’m really honored with that vote of confidence.

It feels wonderful to sign new contracts and nail down new books for the coming years. Nothing makes me happier than knowing what I’ll be writing for the next while!

With both Kensington Books and Love Inspired, I will be writing Amish romance. And with Harlequin’s Heartwarming, I will be writing non-Amish contemporary romance.

Time to get to work! 🙂

 

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When your mother has an English Lit degree…

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I have both an English Lit degree and a 10-year-old boy. He loves reading books, but never the books that I suggest he read. He likes zombies and fart jokes and bad guys and the diaries of Wimpy Kids. I suppose that should make perfect sense–he’s 10, after all! But since he’s still young enough that I can sit on him and read to him, I decided to take advantage of the time we’ve got before he’s yet older and refuses to be sat on and read to. 😉

So I got onto Amazon and bought a book called Classics to Read Aloud to Your Children.

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We’ve only gotten about a quarter of the way through the book, but so far, we’re both having a lot of fun! We’ve covered some Aesop’s fables, a Tom Sawyer excerpt, a little bit of Homer, and are moving on to Shakespeare.

Now, it’s entirely possible that this whole exercise will be forgotten two weeks from now… and maybe not! Maybe he’ll remember some of these stories. Maybe they’ll sink in and inspire his own little stories he loves to write. Maybe this will fuel a lifelong love of stories, just like his mom. And maybe the one having a thoroughly wonderful time, the one to treasure all of this, is me.

Because I am enjoying myself. I’ve always loved the classics, and sharing them with my son is just such fun! I do hope this is good for him in the long haul, even if it was because he had time with his mom as I read stories to him every night.

This is what happens when your mother has a degree in English and feels wistful.

She’ll read to you. 😉

 

 

An Amish Second Christmas

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I just got the finalized cover for the Amish anthology that I’m contributing a novella to this coming October with Kensington Books…

And I just had to show you!

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Isn’t it beautiful? My novella is called His Amish Angel. And this is the back cover blurb:

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 the Christmases to come…

There are two other novellas included by Virgina Wise and Shelley Shepard Gray, so I’m in excellent company! I’ll keep you posted… for when we’re next thinking Christmas thoughts again. 😉

 

 

My friend the photographer

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I’m not comfortable in front of a camera. Most people aren’t, but I have a friend who is a photographer, and she came by to visit. We actually went to high school together, and she happened to be in town. She brought her camera along and decided to snap a few pictures just for the fun of it while I signed a couple of books for her.

My God, she’s good… Do you ever just feel humbled by another person’s talent?

Here are a few pictures she captured while our kids watched Netflix together.

 

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If you’d like to check her out, she’s at barriejane.ca, and she’d located near Lloydminster, Alberta. If you’re lucky enough to book with her, she does an AMAZING job!

So many releases, so little time. ;)

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This year, I’m working at a quick pace! With eight scheduled releases, I’m going from release to release without a lot of down time! 🙂

But I can’t complain, and I have another book in my hands–another box arrived! There is just something special about having the physical copies of my books in my hands.

FALLING FOR THE COWBOY DAD  comes out March of this year!

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(I also just noticed that streak of gray going on, and I definitely need to dye my hair again! I’m not ready for gray streaks just yet… give me time.)

Like I said in a previous post, this is my 20th Harlequin release–and I’m really excited about it! It feels like a big milestone for me.

I hope you’ll pick up a copy! 

A cowboy who can’t read, a surprise daughter who’s darn near brilliant, and his best friend who is a preschool teacher. Grace has always been there for him… is a little extra help too much to ask?

 

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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?

20th Harlequin!

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This March, my 20th Harlequin romance will be released. This is a big milestone, and one that I’ve been looking forward to. It’s just such a nice round number, and it feels… accomplished. Does that make sense?

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This comic is SO true when it comes to celebrating these things. I tend to just pat myself on the back and move on to the next book, but I feel like this time I really should pause a moment and enjoy it.

I’m not sure what I’ll do. I think I might have a family dinner complete with a decadent dessert. I’ve never had a release party before, because I’m too introverted to enjoy that kind of thing. But now that my parents live closer, I might have a teeny celebration with my husband, son and parents… that would be nice!

Oooh! And I just thought of it now, but I’ve been wanting one of these, and this might be the perfect occasion to pick one up!

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We’ll see… but I do feel like I need to do something to mark this event.

I’ve worked for it.

 

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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?

Reviewers Wanted!

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I’m looking for reviewers again–this time for THE BISHOP’S DAUGHTER. This book is being published through Kensington Books, and will be released in May 2019 in bookstores everywhere.

Do you love Inspirational and Amish romance?

I’m looking for people who are willing post a review on several different online locations such as a blog, Amazon, Bookbub, Goodreads, Indigo, Barnes and Noble…

If you’re interested, please go to my contact page and leave a message for me telling me:

  1. The online locations where you are willing to leave reviews, like Goodreads, Amazon, Bookbub, a personal blog, a review site…
  2. A little bit about yourself
  3. Where you live

 

In return for an honest review, I will mail you an Advance Reader Copy of THE BISHOP’S DAUGHTER, and I am truly grateful for any and all reviews you can post!

*Limited to reviewers in Canada and the continental United States because of mailing costs.

 

The Bishop's Daughter MM

 

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 . . .

 

A box of books!

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Look what arrived at my door!

Actually, I was coming home with a friend after we’d picked up our kids from school, and I saw the box at my doorstep. So I opened it up with her–and then proceeded to sign a couple of copies for her as we drank tea. 🙂

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Now these are called ARCs, or Advance Reader Copies, and they’re a first for me! With Harlequin, I get the exact copies that will be on the selves, but with Kensington, it works a little differently. These copies say clearly that they aren’t for sale, and they’re meant to be used to send to reviewers, so that is what I am going to be using these for.

More details on that in a few days!

But for now, this is Yours Truly taking a selfie with my very first Kensington Amish romance!

I can’t WAIT for this one to hit the shelves!

 

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Foot in Mouth

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I’m new to being forty, but I’m liking it! I’ve noticed that Facebook’s algorithms are choosing a different type of ad for me now. Instead of diet fads and beauty hacks, they’re sending me adds for slippers and mukluks.

They finally get me! Because I’d actually like to buy a decent pair of mukluks now that I’ve seen multiple ads for them. 😉

The one thing I’m not very good with is realizing how old I look. In my head, I look a lot younger, it seems. And I’ve proven that by suggesting a 35-year-old woman was “my age.” This was not because she legitimately looked 40. She’s beautiful and really does look like a tight, well-maintained 35. But in my head, so am I! I immediately apologized when I realized my error (and she looked at me aghast) and told her that it it only reflects on how delusionally young I think I look still… Here’s hoping there are no hard feelings, because she’s kind of extended family, and I really like her.

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But my forties are treating me well. Here are a few things I’m enjoying about them:

  1. No one expects me to be to be thin anymore. “Good Lord, she’s in her forties. Leave her alone.”
  2. Nothing is marketed for me. Except slippers and mukluks. And life is cheaper when the barrage of marketing passes you by!
  3. I’ve been working at my writing career seriously for almost twenty years, and that hard work is paying off. It feels good!

So there you are–I’m enjoying forty, but I’m still putting my foot in my mouth. Because apparently,  that’s my MO. 😉

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Have you picked up my book yet? You can get it online or find it on the shelves in your favourite bookstore all this month. 🙂

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Two stubborn hearts. One ranch.

Could Montana Twins unite them?

With orphaned twin infants to care for, Casey Courtright hoped to buy the ranch he works on—but he can’t match Ember Reed’s offer. Nevertheless, Casey agrees to show Ember the land she plans to use for her therapy center, but only if she’ll help him with the babies. And as the twins draw them together, Casey might just find that Ember is his perfect partner.