New dishes!

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I’ve been eyeing these Pioneer Woman dishes at Walmart for a while now, and I finally decided to pick them up. They’re just so cheery! And honestly, we were due for new dishes.

Our last set we’d bought when our son was tiny, and we have steadily broken them, dish by dish, over the years. I told myself I’d get something cute when I could trust that they’d survive us. LOL!

Well, I got some news a little while ago that is kind of connected to Ree Drummond, and since I’m such a fan of hers, I couldn’t stop myself from picking up the dishes at long last!

I’m not telling you my little nugget of news yet… In few weeks I will! But being such a fan of Ree Drummond’s, I just couldn’t hold myself back! 😉

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I think they’re cute! 

 

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So there you have it, my new dishes. I know that isn’t huge news, but it is the thing that’s making me happy at the moment. 🙂

I hope you’re all finding little things to make you smile these days. It’s all about the simple things, isn’t it?

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Don’t forget–you can find my bestselling Amish romance at Harlequin’s Love Inspired as well as Kensington Books! And all of them are sold at Walmart, Target, and at booksellers everywhere. 

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Reviewers Wanted!

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It’s that time again. I’m looking for a few good readers to read and review my October release, Mountain Mistletoe Christmas.

This is the second book in my Second Chance Club miniseries, featuring a dinner club for divorced women in their forties in a Rocky Mountain resort. They’re starting over and facing all the challenges of parenting, working, managing relationships, and building lives they can be proud of… and with the help of some good friends who’ve all been through it before, they’re falling in love, too.

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Can the magic of the season…

Bring opposites together?

Don’t change for a relationship. That’s contractor Nick Bryant’s motto. But when single mom Jen Taylor hires him to renovate her old mansion, he wants to impress her. Nick knows Jen’s focus is her son, and she’ll never want a man who wields a hammer instead of a Harvard degree. But as they prepare her home for Christmas, he can’t help wishing for a moment under the mistletoe!

 

Can you commit to reading and posting an honest review for Mountain Mistletoe Christmas? In some places the reviews would need to be posted on or after the release date of October 13, 2020, so being able to come back and post reviews at that time would be very much appreciated for those who would like to review. If that is you, please contact me using the form below with the following:

1. Tell me a little bit about yourself

2. Tell me where you can commit to posting reviews. For example, Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes and Noble, BAM, Harlequin, Walmart, Target, or anywhere else where you buy your books.

I can supply an EPUB copy of the book by email. No other versions of the book are available for review at this time. 

A Precious Christmas Gift

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Coming December 2020 to bookstores everywhere!

I wanted to show you this brand new cover. I couldn’t love this one more! This is the second book in my Redemption’s Amish Legacies miniseries, and I hope you’ll pre-order A Precious Christmas Gift now!

So what do you think of the cover? Do you love it as much as I do?

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To make her hardest choice, this new mother must follow her heart.

’Tis the season of love, forgiveness…and goodbyes?

Unwed and heavily pregnant, Eve Shrock faces a difficult Christmas—soon her baby will arrive and be adopted by another Amish family. Though Eve finds a friend in Noah Wiebe, the baby’s uncle-to-be, she can’t afford to fall for him. He might just make her wish for a future that seems impossible…one with her baby in her arms and Noah at her side.

 

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Tin Man

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I’m not a naturally bendy person. I never have been, and having a sedentary job doesn’t help. But I never did anything about it! I just sort of accepted that this was how my body was, and silently felt grateful that I was a grown woman now who didn’t have to do a PE class or anything if I didn’t want to.

But then an editor posted on Twitter about a stretching app she was using that was making her so much more flexible after a few weeks of using it, and I started to think… Being locked down, we were all finding ways to do things at home. Being an introvert, doing something new without an audience was ideal. The last thing I want to do is join a yoga class and try to twist myself into uncomfortable shapes with people watching.

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So I gave it a try.

I don’t always go through a full set of exercises. Sometimes, I just do a few that I find helpful. I’m a lot more flexible these days, and I’m finding that I’m able to do things without thinking that I could never do before. Every day I do some of the exercises behind a locked door. There is nothing less comfortable than having someone walk in on you mid-stretch! 

So the pandemic has had some silver linings–like trying this new app.

My attitude these days is this: We can’t control the fact that there is a global pandemic, but we do have control over what we do with this time! I want to come out the other end of this alive, to start with, but I also want to grow.

Maybe I’ll be more flexible. Maybe I’ll be a better cook. I’ll certainly have written more books. The time will pass, and when things get back to normal again (hopefully sooner than later!) I want to have made the most of this strange, uncertain, tumultuous time.

And I hope to be a little more bendy. 😉

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Don’t forget–you can find my bestselling Amish romance at Harlequin’s Love Inspired as well as Kensington Books! And all of them are sold at Walmart, Target, and at booksellers everywhere. 

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Mountain Mistletoe Christmas!

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I stumbled across the GORGEOUS cover for the second book in my Second Chance Club miniseries. These are the stories of the women of the Second Chance Dinner Club–women who’ve all experienced painful divorces, and who support each other as they find new love and happiness again.

On a personal note, I love these stories! The heroines are 40-ish, their lives are complicated, and the love they find the second time around is toe-curling and worth the wait!

I hope you’ll fall in love all over again right along with single mom, Jen Taylor, new owner of an old mansion that just needs a little renovation to become a stunning art gallery. And she needs it liveable by Christmas.

Nick Bryant is her contractor, and he’s incredibly skilled. But her focus has to be on her son, and while she’s ready to take a few chances as she puts her new life together, she isn’t willing to risk her heart…

But there is something about the Christmas season, isn’t there?

 

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Can the magic of the season…

Bring opposites together?

Don’t change for a relationship. That’s contractor Nick Bryant’s motto. But when single mom Jen Taylor hires him to renovate her old mansion, he wants to impress her. Nick knows Jen’s focus is her son, and she’ll never want a man who wields a hammer instead of a Harvard degree. But as they prepare her home for Christmas, he can’t help wishing for a moment under the mistletoe!

 

This book hits the virtual shelves October 2020! 

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Giveaway with Rachel J. Good!

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Any Rachel J. Good Amish fiction fans out there?

Rachel grew up near Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and she strives for authenticity by staying in touch with her Amish friends, joining them in work and family events. She’s a USA Today bestselling author, and she’s a fellow Kensington Books author, too! 🙂

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This week on my Facebook page, Rachel and I are teaming up for a giveaway! If you’d like to enter, come by my page. The current giveaway is always pinned to the top of the page, so it’s easy to find.

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If you’d like to keep up with ongoing giveaways on Facebook, be sure to like my page and follow!

 

Why I like being called “ma’am”

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I’m 41, so I think I’ve earned it!

I know that in the south, this is a common form of respect. And I love that! But here in the north (WAY north, like in Canada), this isn’t something we tend to practice. In fact, a lot of women hate being called “ma’am.” They feel like it makes them old. But I like it!

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I’ve worked long and hard to get to this point in my life. I don’t want to be mistaken for a younger woman, either. I don’t want to be called “miss.” I’ve spent the last twenty years working my tail off to build the life that I dreamed of, to grow a career in writing against all the odds.

That’s twenty years of getting published, learning the trade, polishing my work, and getting better at writing books. That’s twenty years of owning the title author.

I’ve spent fifteen years married to the man of my dreams, working side by side with him to build the home and the marriage that we longed for.

I’ve spent the last twelve years raising our son, poring my heart and life blood into teaching him how to be kind, respectful, honest and hard working. That doesn’t come easily. I often say that when this child is a grown man, strong and successful, that I will deserve a medal that says I Raised a Good Man, and I will wear it everywhere, including the grocery store.

So don’t call me “miss” or try to pronounce my name. Just stick with “ma’am.” I’ve earned it, and it keeps the respect in a man’s voice. I’m a professional, a wife, and someone’s mother. I’m an author, and I’ve spent years working my tail off to earn the right to be referred to as “ma’am.” You won’t offend me. I’ll like you more for it. 😉

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Don’t forget–you can find my bestselling Amish romance at Harlequin’s Love Inspired as well as Kensington Books! And all of them are sold at Walmart, Target, and at booksellers everywhere. 

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A giveaway with Jo Ann Brown

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Are there any Jo Ann Brown fans out there? She’s got more than 100 book under her belt, and she’s both a bestselling and an award winning author! You’ll find her romances with Harlequin’s Love Inspired.

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On my Facebook page, I’m holding a giveaway for a prize pack including Jo Ann Brown’s newest bestseller that hit the shelves this month! I’ll choose a winner July 18, 2020.

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If you’re looking for my latest Facebook giveaway (and they come very frequently!) come by my Facebook page at  PatriciaJohnsAuthor   and like or follow it. The newest giveaway is always pinned to the top of the page.

Making a scene

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I measure my life out in scenes written. How did my day go? “I wrote two scenes today, and started a third. So good!” or “I just couldn’t get into it today. I wrote one scene, but it was like pulling teeth. There’s always tomorrow, right?”

I realize that makes me seem like a workaholic, and I very likely am! It’s just socially acceptable to be a workaholic author. We’re expected to walk around with stories rattling around in our heads all the time. So the fact that I never really stop thinking about books and stories doesn’t surprise anyone.

When I graduated from university, I applied for a job as a store manager. I had already been working part time at a camera store, and I thought that management would give me more flexibility for my writing. (It didn’t turn out that way–no shock, right?)

Anyway, while I was managing a small store in a wealthy part of Toronto, a lady came into the store pushing a stroller. She threw a pile of negatives down onto the counter and said, “Just print the ones from the birthday party.”

“One of each of all of these?” I asked.

“No! The ones from the party!”

She continued to escalate, shouting at me that I should just do as she said, stomping around. I couldn’t possibly know which photos to print without her help in choosing them.

“I can’t deal with this!” she yelled. “My husband is on a business trip! I do not have the energy for this!”

She went out of the store for a minute, and then came back in and ranted some more. Finally, she took her negatives and left, and I just sort of stood there, stunned. There was a lady in the shop, and she said,

“That wasn’t about you. Don’t take it personally. I know who she is. Do you want to know what that was about?”

“Sure,” I said.

“Her husband was on a business trip,” the woman said, using air quotes. “With the secretary. He’s cheating on her right now, and there’s nothing she can do about it. So maybe that will make you feel a bit better.”

In a way it did–not for vengeance, just for perspective. And ever after, whenever I see someone melting down in public, I remember that poor lady who didn’t know what to do when her marriage was imploding, so she yelled at the manager of the camera shop.

It made me a more empathic person. It also made me a better writer. I didn’t take that outburst personally. I used it for writing fodder, instead. Because whenever I look around and see confusing outbursts, or behaviour that doesn’t make sense to me, my novelist brain kicks into gear and I start making up backstory to make the behaviour make emotional sense.

And all of that goes into writing my scenes day in and day out. It’s never wasted!

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Don’t forget–you can find my bestselling Amish romance at Harlequin’s Love Inspired as well as Kensington Books! And all of them are sold at Walmart, Target, and at booksellers everywhere. 

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Top shelf!

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A reader sent me this picture of my book, THURSDAY’S BRIDE, on the top shelf of the Bestselling Authors shelf in a Meijer’s store in Michigan. How cool is that? I might have squealed when I saw that!

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Do you see it? Top shelf, third from the left. 🙂 I’m in such stellar company as Debbie Macomber, Nora Roberts, Marta Perry… It’s such a thrill to just be on the same shelves as the big girls!

On a different topic, there is a giveaway going on my Facebook page  right now with the lovely Virginia Wise. She writes historical Amish novels about the Amish families who settled in North America, and follows their lives and loves.

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Come by my FB page and enter to win the prize pack! I’ll be choosing a winner bright and early on the morning of July 11, 2020. We’d love to see you!

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Don’t forget–you can find my bestselling Amish romance at Harlequin’s Love Inspired as well as Kensington Books! And all of them are sold at Walmart, Target, and at booksellers everywhere. 

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