I honestly believe it

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I’m a romantic–maybe even an obnoxious one. I honestly believe that every pot has its lid and every person has their match. I believe in love, soul mates, and fidelity that lasts a lifetime. And I think my staunch belief in these things has formed my world.

I don’t think I ever would have taken the leap in marrying my husband if I didn’t think that wild romance could be mine. I don’t think I would have taken the leap in writing books if I didn’t think “Why not me?” when I looked at the odds of making it in this industry. I don’t think I would have done many of the things that have formed my life if I didn’t see the sparkling possibility of miracles all around me. Because I never would have tried! And if I did try, I certainly wouldn’t have stuck with it long enough to see any results.

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I have a good friend who just finished writing another book, and I’ve watched her progress as she’s learned the ropes and pored herself into crafting her own stories. So many people try once and if they don’t see immediate success, they quit and say, “Yeah, I knew the odds were against me…” But this friend is different. She looks at me and figures, “If Patricia can do it, why not me?” Because you know what? I’m not terribly special! LOL And it takes a good friend to recognize that.

I honestly believe my friend is going to make it. She has the right attitude–why not her? Why can’t she figure this out and write her own stories? Why can’t she do exactly what I’m doing? Sure, it takes a lot of work, but anything worthwhile does. And if she’s willing to put in the work, why shouldn’t she be able to write books, too?

I think that attitude has a big impact on our lives. I’m not saying that bad things don’t happen to optimistic people, but we’ll never see the infinite possibility of miracles around us if we don’t look for it. And bravery comes hand-in-hand with that optimism.

So yes, I’m just as hopeful and romantic as I seem online. This is me. I believe in romance and passion, in possibilities and miracles. I believe in angels and I believe that there are times when heaven brushes earth. So I keep going, keep writing, keep trying… Because why not me? Why shouldn’t I be able to see some evidence of the sparkle I believe in? It’s how I live my life.

Like anyone, my life isn’t perfect, but my God, my life is beautiful as a result!

 

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Coming in April 2020!

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Thursday's Bride MMFor a proper young Amish widow struggling to begin again, encountering her reckless first love will test her forgiveness, resolve—and heart . . .

Overwhelmed by grief and tending twin baby daughters, Rosmanda Lapp is without options. She still blames her brother-in-law, Levi, for her husband’s accidental death—but she and her aging in-laws need him to keep their farm going. Yet as Levi takes on his responsibilities with a new determination and steadiness, she can’t help but regret that she chose his serious-minded brother over him. For Levi is still very much the passionate man she loved—and Rosmanda now has even more reasons to keep him at arm’s length . . .

 

Like those businessmen who frame their first dollar

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After my BA in English Lit, I was faced with the question of what to do with it. I’d always assumed I’d go on for more schooling–maybe all the way to a PhD. The theory was, I wanted to have a day job that kept me so that I could write, and teaching at a college seemed like a nice day job.

The problem was, I wanted to write really badly! I loved writing, and my deepest, most cherished dream was to write books for a living. I didn’t want to put it off or focus on a more realistic day job. Was it possible? Could I even make a living? I had no idea, but I wanted to write.

So I made the terrifying and unpopular decision to give it a whirl! That was about seventeen years ago now, and there was a lot of struggle and growing to get where I am now. But when I made that choice, it was momentous for me. I was choosing my deepest dream, and tossing “practical” out the window. I never looked back.

In those early days, I made a little bit of money off of articles for small magazines, and my first cheque for $60 after I quit my full time job for a part time gig that left more writing time meant a lot to me because it was the start of something. In my mind, it was like those businessmen who frame their first dollar.

So I photocopied the cheque before I deposited it, and put the photocopied cheque on my wall.  It was to remind me that I had a goal, and I wasn’t to get distracted from it. All this sacrifice was for a reason, and I wouldn’t waste my time. The cheque is still there! I mean, a different wall, obviously, but it still means a lot to me. It’s part of my journey, and whenever I look at it, I remember how hopeful and excited I was about the chance to live my dream at long last!

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In a lot of ways, I feel like I’ve made it now. I write books for a living, and I’m doing exactly what I’d dreamed of doing all those years ago. But I don’t take it for granted, and whenever I look at that cheque on the wall, I remember that I don’t want to waste my time. I’ve got goals to achieve still. And a writing career is maintained with a heck of a lot of hard work.

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Thursday's Bride MMFor a proper young Amish widow struggling to begin again, encountering her reckless first love will test her forgiveness, resolve—and heart . . .

Overwhelmed by grief and tending twin baby daughters, Rosmanda Lapp is without options. She still blames her brother-in-law, Levi, for her husband’s accidental death—but she and her aging in-laws need him to keep their farm going. Yet as Levi takes on his responsibilities with a new determination and steadiness, she can’t help but regret that she chose his serious-minded brother over him. For Levi is still very much the passionate man she loved—and Rosmanda now has even more reasons to keep him at arm’s length . . .

Levi can’t blame Rosmanda for staying clear of him. He has mistakes to make up for and must finally do right by his parents. Still, he never got over his brother stealing Rosmanda away. And he can’t  deny the feelings that even now tempt them back to each other. And when a mistake from her past threatens her reputation, Levi will do whatever it takes to help her—and trust that faith and courage will at last help them claim a future together . . .

 

 

 

The inexplicably surviving little tree

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I’m not a big gardener. That’s probably just as well, since we live in an apartment. I do like to have flowers on the balcony in the summer, and I confess, I have managed to kill an entire batch of petunias. PETUNIAS! Petunias survive just about anything, and one July, I believe it was, I had to just throw them all out. They’d turned yellow on me and shrivelled up.

This summer, our church was giving out little tree saplings–I think it was connected to raising money for building a new church. (What church isn’t raising money for a new building? Seriously! I’ve never seen one!) Anyway, our son was very excited about this little sapling and wanted to plant it outside.

Living in an apartment building, we can’t exactly randomly plant trees, so I told him we could stick it in a pot and see what happened. I fully expected this little tree to die. Well, it didn’t! And I mostly forgot about it. I watered it once a long while, and it just kind of held on. Then winter came, and the pot froze solid out there on the balcony, and I felt a little bad, so I brought it inside, again, expecting it to die after that mistreatment.

Well… here it is! The little tree that survives against all odds!

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It’s like the Charlie Brown Christmas tree! It just keeps on going with a whole lot of heart. It makes me think of trees that grow out of rock on the side of a mountain. I really hope this little tree makes it. I’ve gotten emotionally attached to it now.

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Coming in April 2020!

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Thursday's Bride MMFor a proper young Amish widow struggling to begin again, encountering her reckless first love will test her forgiveness, resolve—and heart . . .

Overwhelmed by grief and tending twin baby daughters, Rosmanda Lapp is without options. She still blames her brother-in-law, Levi, for her husband’s accidental death—but she and her aging in-laws need him to keep their farm going. Yet as Levi takes on his responsibilities with a new determination and steadiness, she can’t help but regret that she chose his serious-minded brother over him. For Levi is still very much the passionate man she loved—and Rosmanda now has even more reasons to keep him at arm’s length . . .

Levi can’t blame Rosmanda for staying clear of him. He has mistakes to make up for and must finally do right by his parents. Still, he never got over his brother stealing Rosmanda away. And he can’t  deny the feelings that even now tempt them back to each other. And when a mistake from her past threatens her reputation, Levi will do whatever it takes to help her—and trust that faith and courage will at last help them claim a future together . . .

 

 

 

A bit of a cold snap

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January is normally the coldest month for us here in Alberta, Canada, and this January isn’t disappointing in that respect. We’re having a bit of a cold snap. For us, that’s when the highs are between -25C and -30C. It’s not too bad. It certainly might get colder for a bit, but it’s chilly! And you don’t want to be standing around outside.

This is our son looking really enthusiastic about the weather before I drove him to school recently. 😉 It was snowing out, and we had to clean the car off. But underneath that pile of snow is a nice windshield cover, so after wiping the snow off, I didn’t have to do any windshield scraping at all! (That was a Christmas present this year. The gift that keeps on giving!)

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Mr. Johns had already left for work, and you are all free to send him your silent sympathy, because he works outside in this weather!

Winter is cold. That’s just the way it is! But in Alberta, we’re used to long winters and it doesn’t hold us back. Our town is particularly nice, because after those Christmas lights are lit in early December, they stay on all winter long until spring!

This is a picture of the lights in a nearby park. I took that picture after dropping my son off at school when I was on my way home again to get back to writing. It’s cheery, isn’t it? It just makes the cold mornings a little happier.

 

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I joke around and say that this is the perfect place for a writer to live because the winters are long and cold, and it makes sitting at home with your computer a lovely, cozy option. (Mr. Johns gives me a flat look when I say this, because his days are considerably less cozy!) But you can see how that would work, can’t you? When the outdoors are like this, it feels good to get back inside with a good book–one you’re writing, preferably. LOL!

I hope your winters are as cozy as mine! And if not, I hope you’re as tough as my husband. 😉

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Coming in April 2020!

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Thursday's Bride MMFor a proper young Amish widow struggling to begin again, encountering her reckless first love will test her forgiveness, resolve—and heart . . .

Overwhelmed by grief and tending twin baby daughters, Rosmanda Lapp is without options. She still blames her brother-in-law, Levi, for her husband’s accidental death—but she and her aging in-laws need him to keep their farm going. Yet as Levi takes on his responsibilities with a new determination and steadiness, she can’t help but regret that she chose his serious-minded brother over him. For Levi is still very much the passionate man she loved—and Rosmanda now has even more reasons to keep him at arm’s length . . .

Levi can’t blame Rosmanda for staying clear of him. He has mistakes to make up for and must finally do right by his parents. Still, he never got over his brother stealing Rosmanda away. And he can’t  deny the feelings that even now tempt them back to each other. And when a mistake from her past threatens her reputation, Levi will do whatever it takes to help her—and trust that faith and courage will at last help them claim a future together . . .

 

 

 

Talented friends

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My friend and photographer, Barrie Jane, sent me a print of one of the photos she took of me signing books a few months ago. She’s really talented, so if you’re in the Lloydminster, Alberta area, definitely look her up!

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I just love it! It makes happy to just to look at it.

It’s now on the wall where I have my English degree and the first cheque I ever earned after deciding to make it or break it as a writer all those years ago.

And there you have it–a little peek at my wall. 🙂

I hope 2020 is treating you all well.

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Coming in April 2020!

Pre-order now!

Thursday's Bride MMFor a proper young Amish widow struggling to begin again, encountering her reckless first love will test her forgiveness, resolve—and heart . . .

Overwhelmed by grief and tending twin baby daughters, Rosmanda Lapp is without options. She still blames her brother-in-law, Levi, for her husband’s accidental death—but she and her aging in-laws need him to keep their farm going. Yet as Levi takes on his responsibilities with a new determination and steadiness, she can’t help but regret that she chose his serious-minded brother over him. For Levi is still very much the passionate man she loved—and Rosmanda now has even more reasons to keep him at arm’s length . . .

Levi can’t blame Rosmanda for staying clear of him. He has mistakes to make up for and must finally do right by his parents. Still, he never got over his brother stealing Rosmanda away. And he can’t  deny the feelings that even now tempt them back to each other. And when a mistake from her past threatens her reputation, Levi will do whatever it takes to help her—and trust that faith and courage will at last help them claim a future together . . .

 

 

A little Amish cooking

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This holiday, my son was home–as all school aged kids are. 🙂 It was great! We had a lot of fun together, although our plans to get together with friends fell through since either we were sick, or they were sick, as the flu swept through our town. Did anyone else go down with it this year? I’m a big flu shot enthusiast, but it didn’t seem to do a bit of good on this particular strain this year, because a lot of people I know were really sick.

My husband stayed healthy, though, thank goodness! He didn’t get the holidays off this year from work, though, so that left a lot of time for me to find things to do with my son.

On the day that these hardcover, large print copies of AN AMISH SECOND CHRISTMAS arrived in the mailbox, I decided to try an Amish recipe for Peanut Butter Popcorn Balls from Lovina’s Amish Kitchen blog. I really enjoy her blog–it’s a heartfelt, inside look at an Amish family’s life. Lovina shares day to day life and recipes.

Because we’re an allergy family, we had to substitute a tiny bit, but the end result was delicious!

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Now, we didn’t manage to get them into balls, so we just put the concoction on a greased pan and stuck it in the freezer to harden up. I like to make caramel corn, but I think from now on I’ll be making it this way! The peanut butter really adds a little something.

And now, we’re back into our regular routines again. 🙂 Less sugar. More salad. It feels good, doesn’t it?

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Coming in April 2020!

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Thursday's Bride MMFor a proper young Amish widow struggling to begin again, encountering her reckless first love will test her forgiveness, resolve—and heart . . .

Overwhelmed by grief and tending twin baby daughters, Rosmanda Lapp is without options. She still blames her brother-in-law, Levi, for her husband’s accidental death—but she and her aging in-laws need him to keep their farm going. Yet as Levi takes on his responsibilities with a new determination and steadiness, she can’t help but regret that she chose his serious-minded brother over him. For Levi is still very much the passionate man she loved—and Rosmanda now has even more reasons to keep him at arm’s length . . .

Levi can’t blame Rosmanda for staying clear of him. He has mistakes to make up for and must finally do right by his parents. Still, he never got over his brother stealing Rosmanda away. And he can’t  deny the feelings that even now tempt them back to each other. And when a mistake from her past threatens her reputation, Levi will do whatever it takes to help her—and trust that faith and courage will at last help them claim a future together . . .

 

 

Reviewers Wanted

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*I have now found enough reviewers for this book. Thanks for all the interest. For anyone who reads this book when it’s released, if you love the book, a review would be appreciated!*

A few weeks ago, I received my Advance Reader Copies for THURSDAY’S BRIDE, This is an Amish romance being published by Kensington Books that comes out April 2020.

If you like:

  • a dangerous level of passion that never did die out
  • secrets from the past that threaten everything
  • twin baby girls
  • Amish kitchens, and all the peaceful chatter that comes with them…

AND…

If you’re interested receiving a free ARC of this book in return for an honest review posted on different online sites such as:

–Goodreads
–Amazon
–Bookbub
–Barnes and Noble
–Indigo/Chapters (Canadian)
–your own book review site
–any other sites where books are sold

Then please fill out the contact form below and get in touch. Tell me a little bit about yourself, tell me any of my other books you’ve enjoyed, if you’ve reviewed for me before, and where you’d be willing to post reviews.

Please allow me a couple of weeks to respond. I’m looking forward to hearing from you.

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Thursday's Bride MM

For a proper young Amish widow struggling to begin again, encountering her reckless first love will test her forgiveness, resolve—and heart . . .

Overwhelmed by grief and tending twin baby daughters, Rosmanda Lapp is without options. She still blames her brother-in-law, Levi, for her husband’s accidental death—but she and her aging in-laws need him to keep their farm going. Yet as Levi takes on his responsibilities with a new determination and steadiness, she can’t help but regret that she chose his serious-minded brother over him. For Levi is still very much the passionate man she loved—and Rosmanda now has even more reasons to keep him at arm’s length . . .

Levi can’t blame Rosmanda for staying clear of him. He has mistakes to make up for and must finally do right by his parents. Still, he never got over his brother stealing Rosmanda away. And he can’t  deny the feelings that even now tempt them back to each other. And when a mistake from her past threatens her reputation, Levi will do whatever it takes to help her—and trust that faith and courage will at last help them claim a future together . . .

 Or, if you’d rather, PRE-ORDER now!

Book releases April 2020

A whole new decade!

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This New Year, we say goodbye to the teens, and hello to the twenties! It’s the end of a decade, and a lot of people are looking at what they accomplished in that amount of time.

For me, my romance writing career blossomed and took off this decade, which has been the most exciting ride of my life. Most of my parenting happened this decade, as well, and Mr. Johns and I have added another ten years to our count of years married.

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I’ve aged ten years. That happened to all of us! LOL!

This was me ten years ago.

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And this is me now. Or close to now…

 

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So yes, aging definitely happened between my early thirties and my early forties. But I like where I am–my forties feel great. Besides, the longer you live, the more you have to write about… the more people you meet, the more stories you hear, and the more you’ve thought about what what really matters to you. And that only comes with time served. I’m convinced that every year the passes makes me a better writer, for that very reason.

I hope the 2020s hold just as much adventure and love as the 2010s did. Every decade that passes reminds me of how grateful I am for this life I’m living. I hope you feel the same about yours!

Here’s to seeing what the next decade holds—Happy New Year, everyone!

 

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Coming in April 2020!

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Thursday's Bride MMFor a proper young Amish widow struggling to begin again, encountering her reckless first love will test her forgiveness, resolve—and heart . . .

Overwhelmed by grief and tending twin baby daughters, Rosmanda Lapp is without options. She still blames her brother-in-law, Levi, for her husband’s accidental death—but she and her aging in-laws need him to keep their farm going. Yet as Levi takes on his responsibilities with a new determination and steadiness, she can’t help but regret that she chose his serious-minded brother over him. For Levi is still very much the passionate man she loved—and Rosmanda now has even more reasons to keep him at arm’s length . . .

Levi can’t blame Rosmanda for staying clear of him. He has mistakes to make up for and must finally do right by his parents. Still, he never got over his brother stealing Rosmanda away. And he can’t  deny the feelings that even now tempt them back to each other. And when a mistake from her past threatens her reputation, Levi will do whatever it takes to help her—and trust that faith and courage will at last help them claim a future together . . .

 

Sooo…. I see you’re busy…

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Writing during the holidays isn’t easy! First of all, I have our 11-year-old at home all day, so every time I start thinking some useful thoughts about Chapter Six, I get interrupted with:

  1. “Hey, Mom, look at this!”
  2. “Soooo… I see you’re very busy. What if I did this thing that you’ve told me repeatedly I can’t do today?”
  3. “Are you hungry? I’m hungry. Maybe I should start cooking this thing that has a very high risk of my burning our home down? Don’t worry. It’ll be fine.”
  4. “I thought I would just sit next to you and read over your shoulder while you type. Cool?”

 

My son is on vacation… and it’s kind of hard to work while he’s in vacation mode.

And then there is the fact that it just feels like holiday time, you know? The tree is still up,   our home is in that holiday-time disarray, and it has that lazy, cozy air about the place that isn’t exactly conducive to work. I can’t be the only one!

However, my husband is back to work again, so I’ll try to get back into it, too. I do have a manuscript that’s calling… and I’ve got this fantastic scene to write that I’m looking forward to working with. It’s just a matter of making that happen without my beautiful, blissful solitude.

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Coming in April 2020!

Pre-order now!

Thursday's Bride MMFor a proper young Amish widow struggling to begin again, encountering her reckless first love will test her forgiveness, resolve—and heart . . .

Overwhelmed by grief and tending twin baby daughters, Rosmanda Lapp is without options. She still blames her brother-in-law, Levi, for her husband’s accidental death—but she and her aging in-laws need him to keep their farm going. Yet as Levi takes on his responsibilities with a new determination and steadiness, she can’t help but regret that she chose his serious-minded brother over him. For Levi is still very much the passionate man she loved—and Rosmanda now has even more reasons to keep him at arm’s length . . .

Levi can’t blame Rosmanda for staying clear of him. He has mistakes to make up for and must finally do right by his parents. Still, he never got over his brother stealing Rosmanda away. And he can’t  deny the feelings that even now tempt them back to each other. And when a mistake from her past threatens her reputation, Levi will do whatever it takes to help her—and trust that faith and courage will at last help them claim a future together . . .

 

 

Merry Christmas!

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I just wanted to take the chance to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas!

And look what arrived on Friday! 🙂 My book paired with Rebecca Winters’ in one volume published through Mills and Boon Western Romance in the Philippines, Australia and New Zealand. It’s really exciting for me to think of my book being bought in other countries–on other continents!–around the world. That never gets old!

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Christmas is coming up fast, and I’m looking forward to time with family, and enjoying all the cozy pleasures of this holiday season.

I thought I’d share a couple of more photos.

This is our parrot on our son’s shoulder while he watches TV… I don’t share pictures of my son, so this is as close as it gets. 😉

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And since Mr. Johns doesn’t like having his picture posted, either, I will simply assure you that he’s around! Just stubbornly refusing to let me post his picture. Instead, I’ll post a photo of my favourite Christmas ornament. I love this one–a little tea cup!

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Merry Christmas to you and yours, and I wish you every joy of the season. Much love from our home to yours! ❤

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Have you picked up my latest release? I think you’ll like this one! Triplet babies, a brooding cowboy, and a marriage of convenience between best friends… all at Christmas!

 

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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!