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!

 

 

An Author Romance

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Any Hallmark Christmas movie fans out there? I recently watched a fun one that my parents have been telling me I have to see… The Mistletoe Inn.

This movie is based on a book by Richard Paul Evans, and it’s about an aspiring author whose writer boyfriend dumps her because she isn’t serious enough about her writing. In order to bounce back, she goes to a writer’s conference just before Christmas in hopes of having her manuscript-in-progress read by a famous recluse author.

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It was a fun movie, and I really enjoyed it! But there was one thing that didn’t quite ring for me… authors dating.

Now, I know that lots of authors have dated each other, and married each other! Just off the top of my head, Margaret Atwood and Graeme Gibson were together for at least forty years before his death. So I know that other people do this… but I just can’t.

I’ve never wanted to date another artistic type. In fact, when I was still looking for the right guy, I purposefully sought out men with other skills–practical skills. And here is why:

  1. I need stability. Being a writer is a very unstable profession, and I needed a partner who would be willing to bring in a regular monthly income, because mine is a little more feast and famine. What’s mine is his, and what’s his is mine, so when I feast, he feasts, too! But still… no one likes actual famines.
  2. I never want to compete with the man I love. And if we were both pursuing the dream that drove my creative passion, and he was able to achieve where I couldn’t… as mature as I hope I’d be, I know my own emotional limitations. And I never wanted to compete with my guy. Or have him compete with me!
  3. I like being the artistic one in the relationship. I don’t want to be with a guy who’s just like me. I love that Mr. Johns is technical and methodical, and good with his hands. I like that he can fix things I can’t. And I love the way he looks at me with such pride when I’ve written another book. We amaze each other.

 

And I found my Mr. Right. He’s technical and smart. I’m creative and intuitive. Our careers complement each other, and our goals mesh beautifully.

Mr. Johns is not a writer. 🙂 It’s perfect.

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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!

 

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 now!

 

This year’s ornament

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Some people have beautifully colour coordinated trees. Other people have thematic trees–like my parents. Their tree is dogs and angels. But mine is a mishmash of memories. It’s how I like it! Every year, I get a new ornament or two. Sometimes, it’s just something pretty, or something I like. One year I got Star Trek ornaments, for example.

But this year, I wanted to get something that would remind us what it was like for the Johns family in 2019. And I found the perfect ornament!

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Our son is 11, and this year, he was wild about Monopoly, so he’s been roping my husband and I into playing with him. So Mr. Johns and I have been playing a lot of Monopoly… a lot. There’s something about the age, I think, that leans toward that game, because most of our son’s friends love playing it, too. Our son makes terrible deals, though. Just terrible! And when I told my father that, he said, “You did the same thing! You made awful deals.”

I remember that, too! When I was his age, I’d be playing Monopoly with my family, and if I got Park Place or Boardwalk, my brother could always talk me into some terrible deal, and I’d cave in and trade it away.

“Boardwalk for Baltic, a Get Out of Jail Free card, and $50? Well… I suppose I could do that…”

I wanted to win, of course, but I loved my big brother more and he wanted to win so badly, that I couldn’t resist making him happy.

I think our son is the same way. He plays Monopoly with more heart than shark-instinct, and I love that about him. 🙂 He’s just such a sweet kid!

I’m still looking for an ornament that will cover my husband’s interests this year… so I’m not done shopping quite yet.

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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!

 

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 now!

 

Not always glittery

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When we think Christmas, we imagine beautiful gifts, soft light, delectable food, happy kids… and it’s easy to get caught up the beauty around us. But this Christmas, a teacher in our community passed away, and my son’s class was hit especially hard. A lot of the kids knew her, even though she taught another grade, and she died so young.

So we had to talk about death with our sixth grader… more than just the death of a pet, but the death of someone in his circles. It just happened… there wasn’t much warning, and life went from being the fun, beautiful drive up to Christmas and suddenly became fragile and precious.

We talked about how we have to be ready to face God–all of us. We don’t know when our time might come, even though we pray to die at a ripe old age. We talked about how being a Christian means we have hope of Heaven, and this isn’t a final goodbye. And Christmas took on a different meaning in our home this year–a little more sober, and a little more grateful for what it means.

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I don’t mean to bring you down… I just wanted to share what is happening in the Johns home right now. And I hope you’ll all remember that your presence here on this earth means the world to someone, and without you, more people would be affected than you could ever imagine!

Christmas isn’t always perfect, but when I remember why we celebrate, then Christmas doesn’t have to be perfect for me to feel the elation of the season. Merry Christmas! Let’s celebrate with those we love, and open our hearts to those less fortunate. Because we only pass this way once… and loving each other well seems like the best use of our time possible.

Memento mori and Merry Christmas!

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That’s the Daddy

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Have I ever introduced you to the Johns’ family nativity scene? Ours is a little different that other peoples’, and I’ll tell you why.

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So, when we got a nativity set, I set it all up, and I asked our then three-year-old if he knew who the figures were.

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“That’s the mommy,” he said, pointing at Mary. Then he looked at the others, and plucked the black wiseman out from the group and stuck him next to Mary. “That’s the daddy.”

“Who’s that?” I asked, pointing the Joseph.

He thought for a moment. “The Papa.” (That’s what he calls his grandfather.)

So I disassembled the wiseman and the Joseph, and switched their props so that the wiseman got the lantern, and he became our official Joseph. We also have a father-in-law who hangs out in the background, because… well, our three-year-old declared it.

Because why not? If the nativity set can have the palest of the pale with blonde hair and blue eyes to represent people living in the Middle East, I don’t see why we can’t mix it up further!

So ever after, this has been our Holy Family.

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We’re very attached to our nativity set. Poor Baby Jesus has had his legs broken off from the years when our son used to steal him from the manger and hide him around the house. We tried glueing them back on, but the fix never lasted.

But whenever I look at our nativity set, it warms my heart. It’s ours.

And it suits us just fine! 

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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!

 

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 now!

 

 

 

 

The tree is up!

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I love our Christmas tree! I’m sure you love yours just as much as I love mine, but it’s covered in ornaments that are filled with memories, and it makes me happy.

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I love this time of year–the coziness, the goodwill, the time with family. I look forward to Christmas all year.

I hope all of you are making sweet Christmas memories this month, too. It doesn’t have to be lavish–some cookies, a favourite movie, hot drinks, and some cold weather outside never hurts, either!

But this is our chance–let’s make the most of it!

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to be too busy to really enjoy these last weeks before Christmas.

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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 . . .

 

 

Read. Love. Be Merry.

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Harlequin is using my book for a Christmas ad campaign! Whenever my cover gets picked for something like this, it’s so exciting, especially when it’s going to be in Women’s World Magazine, to boot! It really makes it all feel real. From December 4-10, 60 Christmas backlist books are going on sale for $1.99 each. Very exciting!

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If you haven’t picked up a copy of HER TRIPLETS’ MISTLETOE DAD, now is a GREAT time to pick it up! It’s one of my very favourites that I’ve written… including:

–triplets

–a brooding cowboy

–a marriage of convenience between best friends

–Christmas on a ranch!

With Christmas getting closer, it’s a great time to curl up with a holiday read, isn’t it?

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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 now!

 

 

 

 

 

All that Amish!

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Amish fiction is a lot of fun to write! What with all the cooking, the horses and buggies, the strong men and the determined women… it transports us to a different way of living where character matters more than money and the Ordnung rules absolutely.

It doesn’t matter where you are, what culture you’re from, or what time period, there is something universal about a man and a woman falling in love. And the road to love never does run smooth, does it? Not in a good romance novel, at least!

So I thought I’d introduce you to my Amish releases–both the books already on the shelf, and the books coming in 2020.

ON THE SHELVES!

The Bishop's Daughter MMIn 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 . . .

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ON THE SHELVES!

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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 . . .

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COMING APRIL 2020

 

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 . . .

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COMING SEPTEMBER 2020

 

 

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Advance Reader copies!

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Look what arrived! A beautiful box of Advance Reader Copies (ARCs) of Thursday’s Bride.

This one is published through Kensington Books and will be out in bookstores, Walmarts, and Targets!

I can’t wait for this one to hit the shelves in April 2020. This story has:

  • Twin babies
  • A passionate romance that never that never did get closure
  • A woman’s secret come back to destroy her
  • A second chance to be with the only woman he ever loved…

 

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If you read The Bishop’s Daughter, then this is the story of Sadie’s younger sister, Rosmanda, all grown up. There is just something about scandal that clings, no matter how much a woman might want people to forget…

You can PRE-ORDER now to make sure you get your copy as soon as it’s released!

I’m Very Married

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That I’m married!

I saw this writing prompt, and it made me laugh, because I know what they were aiming at–a list of advice for keeping you happy, for understanding your moods… But that wasn’t what popped into my mind.

Now, don’t get me wrong–I don’t get hit on by people other than my husband very often, but when it does happen, I ticks me off. (And there have been a couple of recent ones that primed the pump for this post! LOL!)

I’m the kind of woman who gets offended when people, who know I’m married, hit on me. I don’t like it! I wear a very obvious wedding ring, and when I took my vows to my husband, I meant them. If you’re hitting on me, you’re disrespecting my marriage, my decisions for my life, my husband, and… I don’t know, I’m sure a whole list of other things. You’re disrespecting ME!

Whens someone hits on me, they’re hoping to break up the life I’ve worked nearly fifteen years to build! They might not want me to leave my husband (some people just want something on the side), but they want me to risk my marriage and my home. They want me to betray the man I love, and offer my body in exchange for… the ecstasies they figure they can provide without fifteen years of practice? Dream on. So what advice would I give to someone falling in love with me?

That I’m very, very married. 😉

In Her Triplets’ Mistletoe Dad, Gabby only finds out that her boyfriend is married after she discovers she’s pregnant… and she’s both heartbroken and furious. She had no intention of being the other woman in someone else’s marriage, and she goes home to raise her boys alone. Except, she need more help than she anticipates… and her old friend Seth isn’t about to let her struggle alone.

But what makes for a lasting marriage? Is it just a promise, or something more that makes keeping that promise possible?

I do hope you’ll pick up a copy of this one! It’s one of my favourites!

 

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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 now!