Masters of the slow burn

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I’m often asked what the draw is for Amish romance. Why do people love it? What pulls them in? Is it the calm life, the peaceful community… What tugs at so many people when it comes to Amish romance?

And I have a theory! It’s the same draw that historical romance has for readers–it’s a slower paced society with fewer modern worries, and the heightened temptation after being told no!

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In historical romance, the hero and heroine have to follow a certain set of social rules that keeps them physically separate. A touch on the hand, a walk in the park, all become so much more heightened when holding hands is taboo and a stolen kiss is enough to ruin a woman!

Those narrow, confining rules do the exact same thing in Amish romance. The Amish world is one where men and women stay separate, and women keep to the home. So how do you get a hero and heroine together? How do you get them past all those restrictions to fall into each other’s arms for that long awaited kiss?

That’s the fun part!

Amish people are human, too, and love and passion are just as much a part of their lives as anyone else. They just get there a little more patiently… They’re masters of the slow burn.

In fact, some Amish communities use a tradition called “bundling” where they put a young man and a young woman in the same bed overnight, separated by bundles of blankets and pillows, and they are permitted to get to know each other… Weird? Not really, if you consider that the Amish are also pragmatic. They know exactly what makes for a happy marriage besides strength of character and faith in God. Passion, attraction and longing are just as important in a marriage. That bed where the young couple is “bundled” is going to be a big part of that marriage relationship…

But not before marriage. For that, you need to wait. 😉 And that is the appeal of Amish romance, where passion is just as important, and the waiting is delightful agony.

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In stores now!

(All the buy links can be found here on Kensington Books page.)

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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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CBC Interview!

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I wrote earlier about a CBC (Canadian news) interview that was done, and a print story of the experience came out, as well as on TV!

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Buggies and barn scenes: Alberta writer explains allure of Amish romance novels

So, if you’d like to check out the story, it’s there!

If you want to watch the 2 minute video, it’s right here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VrKz9Z8eII

And speaking of Amish romance, have you picked up my newest release?

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In stores now!

(All the buy links can be found here on Kensington Books page.)

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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They’ve seen it all before…

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This book is about hope, it’s about finding the good things in something that is hard, it’s about learning that family is more then just blood relations. Patricia Johns knows how to tug at them old heart strings, she once again takes you on a journey that will show you that the world is good.

~Goodreads, 5 star review

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I love writing a more mature heroine. Don’t get me wrong–young heroines are fun, too, but when I write a woman in her forties, I can dig deeper.

There comes an age for every woman  when she stops taking the BS, and she draws a line. For a lot of women, that’s 40. She’s tired of the disrespect, and not willing to play games anymore for anyone.

She’s also experienced a few different types of relationships–good ones, manipulative ones, short-lived ones. She knows what her heart can take, and what is just a waste of time. So sweeping a woman in her forties off her feet… it takes more than some sweet talking.

In THEIR MOUNTAIN REUNION, Melanie Isaacs just wants some time to lick her wounds after a painful divorce, but when her ex-husband’s teenaged daughter lands on her doorstep, that isn’t going to be possible.

What is it about kids that forces us to face the stuff we’d rather not look at? Melanie needs to start over, but not just for herself. She’s got a seventeen-year-old watching how she copes with this rejection, and Tilly has a few painful life lessons of her own.

I hope you’ll pick up a copy of THEIR MOUNTAIN REUNION and join Melanie in discovering the Second Chance Dinner Club. These are women who have seen it all before, and are still wading through their troubles. But they believe in second chances, and in women supporting each other.

Turns out, that’s the combination that works!

Releasing May 5, 2020! 

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With an old flame?

Fifteen years in an unhappy marriage showed Melanie Isaacs exactly what she didn’t want. Now she’s in Mountain Springs to figure out the rest of her life—even if it means facing her former sweetheart, Logan McTavish. The spark between Logan and Melanie is stronger than ever. But is it enough to heal two weary, damaged hearts…and show them the way to a new happiness?

 

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Reviewers Wanted!

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UPDATE: I have enough reviewers for this title now. Thanks!

It’s that time again! I am looking for a few good reviewers for my June 2020 release, THE NANNY’S AMISH FAMILY that is being published through Harlequin’s Love Inspired line.  I’m looking for readers who can commit to leaving honest reviews in time for June 1 release.

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They need her help. She needs them

An Amish bachelor. A motherless child.

Can she turn them into a real family?

Schoolteacher Patience Flaud longs for a family of her own—but knows it can never happen. At least she can help Amish bachelor Thomas Wiebe with his small Englisher daughter. As she settles the child into Amish life, Patience begins falling for the bewildered new father and his heartbroken little girl. But is love enough to make them a permanent family?

 

If you love Amish romance and you’d like to be considered to review this book and post reviews on various online locations, all you have to do is fill out the form below and let me know:

1. A little bit about yourself

2. Where you would be willing to post reviews, such as:

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Any retailer you where you buy your books!

*The review copy is EPUB. Sorry, no exceptions.

 

 

Don’t Miss Out on All That Amish!

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Patricia Davids and I have something in common–we both write Amish romance for more than one publisher/publishing line! If you’re an Amish fan though Love Inspired, I’m sure you’ve heard of Patricia Davids–she’s forty books deep, and an absolute legend.

This spring/summer, we both have Amish books coming out in two different publishing lines, and you don’t want to miss out. Our books are sweet, inspirational, and filled with all that deep Amish character that you’ve been longing for.

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Pat Davids's coverComing May 26,2020
Published by HQN

Sarah Yoder has always dreamed of having a family of her own. But with no eligible prospects, she’s beginning to worry—until the Raber brothers return to Cedar Grove. Sarah and Isaac Raber walked out together the summer they were sixteen, so perhaps he’s the one. If only she had a little help catching his eye…

Levi Raber has no interest in marriage. When his mother reveals her plans to deed the family farm to the first son who marries, Levi has a plan to ensure that it isn’t him: a pretend courtship with Sarah to nudge his competitive brother in her direction. Then Levi can leave town to train racehorses—just as he wanted. So why does Sarah—with her vision of a peaceful, happy life on the land—make his heart gallop? Perhaps the answer lies in the promise of how sweetly surprising love can be.

 

amish teacherReleased March 2020
Published by Love Inspired

The teacher next door could be the mother they need…

Will she return to her old life…or risk everything to build a new one?

Taking a schoolteacher position in another district is just the change Amish spinster Eva Coblentz needs. And with her new neighbor, blacksmith Willis Gingrich, struggling to raise his three orphaned siblings, Eva is determined to help them heal. But when her relatives insist she come home, Eva must choose between the life she left…and the one she’s growing to love.

 

And I have two Amish books through two different publishers!

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Released April 2020
Published by Kensington Books

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 June 2020
Published by Love Inspired

They need her help. She needs them…

An Amish bachelor. A motherless child.

Can she turn them into a real family?

Schoolteacher Patience Flaud longs for a family of her own—but knows it can never happen. At least she can help Amish bachelor Thomas Wiebe with his small Englisher daughter. As she settles the child into Amish life, Patience begins falling for the bewildered new father and his heartbroken little girl. But is love enough to make them a permanent family?

 

If you love Amish romance, you can find both Patricia Davids and I published by more than one publishing line. Patricia Davids writes for Love Inspired, HQN and Kensington Books, and I write Amish romance for Love Inspired and Kensington Books (as well as contemporary romance through Harlequin Heartwarming).

So, if you already love our books from one publisher, why not try our other books, too? You won’t be disappointed!

 

 

Isn’t it lovely?

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I got yet another box of books, and I’m so happy to finally have these books, because this one releases in a matter of weeks! That’s right–May, this one hits the virtual shelves, and I think you’re going to love it!

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Their Mountain Reunion is a story about love after heartbreak and second chances when your teenaged step-daughter thinks you’re too old for it. 😉

Melanie Isaacs raised her ex’s kids, and now she’s divorced and out of the family circle. Obviously. Except her stepdaughter Tilly has arrived at the lake house that Melanie got in  the divorce and she’s refusing to leave.

Add to that, Melanie’s ex from way back in the day is in town searching for his biological father he lost touch with, and Melanie is inclined to help him. It sure beats dealing with a seventeen-year-old’s eye rolls and attitude.

Logan has grown up, and he’s got a young adult son and some recent heartbreak of his own. When they were teenagers, the chemistry seemed like enough, but they’re both a little wiser now. And a little more world weary, too.

But when Melanie attends a mysterious dinner club at the upscale Mountain Springs Lodge, second chances start feeling possible again…

This is the first book in THE SECOND CHANCE CLUB miniseries!

If you’d like a chance to win a signed copy, follow me on my Facebook page where I do giveaways and keep you up to date on all my writing news!

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3.295155.512.9781335889706A new start…

With an old flame?

Fifteen years in an unhappy marriage showed Melanie Isaacs exactly what she didn’t want. Now she’s in Mountain Springs to figure out the rest of her life—even if it means facing her former sweetheart, Logan McTavish. The spark between Logan and Melanie is stronger than ever. But is it enough to heal two weary, damaged hearts…and show them the way to a new happiness?

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Just… thankful

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A lot of things are out of control for us these days. I don’t have to get into details, do I? We’re all in the same boat! And it can feel overwhelming, and scary, and like it’s just going to last so long…

But there is a strange blessing that comes with uncertain times–our perspectives change! The things that topped our priorities a couple of months ago are off the radar. We’re all being forced to slow down–no choice there. And I don’t know about you, but I’ve started being thankful for more elemental things.

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I’m thankful for sunny days, and for groceries that stretch, for that extra bottle of cleaner I didn’t know was under the counter. I’m thankful for a husband I’m happy to be locked up with all weekend, and for that extra inch our son seemed to grow over night… I’m thankful for a good book that gives me a break, for video chat that lets me see my friends’ faces, and for the little gestures that show my husband still loves me heart and soul. I’m thankful for this home–that might not be fancy, but it’s ours, and it’s clean, and it’s safe.

We’re slowing down… and in the enforced simplicity, I’m seeing the blessings all around. We still have so much!

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In stores now!

(All the buy links can be found here on Kensington Books page.)

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 . . .

Amazon

Kensington –links to all other retailers

 

 

It’s Here!

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March 31 was the official release of THURSDAY’S BRIDE, and I’m so thrilled to have this book out in the world!

THURSDAY’S BRIDE is the sequel to THE BISHOP’S DAUGHTER, and it’s the story of Rosmanda, a woman with a secret that just won’t stay hidden. Levi is her late husband’s brother, and he’s the reason she’s a widow. Rosmanda’s the reason Levi is outcast… but there’s still a farm to run, and the attraction that always sparked between them is still there.

I do hope you’ll pick up a copy, either online, or on your next trip to Walmart or Target!

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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Kensington Books has a page of links to every retailer, including e-versions, and you can find that HERE.

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I do hope you’ll pick up a copy! ❤

Boxes of books!

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For those of you who know and love me, you know what this means! My author copies have arrived for my two upcoming releases, and that means I’m going to be doing giveaways!

Because that’s what these are for… 😉

Releasing TOMORROW, March 31, 2020, Thursday’s Bride is the sequel to The Bishop’s Daughter. It’s an Amish romance that has:

  • twin baby girls
  • a heroine with a secret that just won’t stay buried
  • a hero in love with late brother’s wife
  • a community that wants to help… at least they try!
  • all the emotional depth and heart-wringing romance you long for

 

Releasing June 2020, The Nanny’s Amish Family is the first book in my Redemption’s Amish Legacies miniseries! It has:

  • a little English girl meeting her Amish family for the first time
  • an overwhelmed father who needs help now
  • an Amish school teacher who just can’t turn her heart off when it comes to a child who needs her…
  • all the Amish wisdom and simplicity you’ve been craving!

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I do hope you’ll pick them up when you spot them on the shelves, or order them online when you pick up some quarantine reading! 🙂

But I promised giveaways, didn’t I? If you follow me on Facebook, I do regular giveaways there! Just give me a like and follow me, and you’ll be sure to see my giveaway posts. It’s as easy as that!

 

 

Your Favorite Author Might Have More Books For You!

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These days, an author often writes books for two or even three different publishers, and all too often, her readers don’t even know! And that, my dear readers, is heartbreaking, because you never know what you’re missing!

For example…

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Patricia Davids is Harlequin royalty. She writes Amish romance, and she has over 40 books out. She’s a USA Today bestselling author who writes for Harlequin’s Love Inspired line as well as for HQN, one of Harlequin’s trade lines. 81vmf8zuznl_orig

Patricia Davids’s most recent book, The Amish Teacher’s Dilemma, hit the shelves in February 2020 to rave reviews.

But did you know she’s also published with Kensington Books?

9781496717634She is! She contributed a novella to The Amish Christmas Letters which released September 2019. So if you’re a Patricia Davids fan, don’t miss out on that little gem! You’ll also get novellas by Sarah Price and Jennifer Beckstrand, both of whom have extensive Amish backlists.

Patricia Davids isn’t the only Harlequin author to write for Kensington Books. But it can be difficult to get the word out to readers that their favourite authors publish for different presses. Some readers are incredibly loyal to a particular publishing line because they love what they read there. And I understand that kind of loyalty. When you find what you like, why would you change?  But you might be missing out on more great writing from the same great author. For example, for those of you who snap up the Patricia Davids Love Inspired books, have you picked up her HQNs recently? Or the Kensington collection that features her novella? Because if not, you are seriously missing out!

So I feel like I’m in excellent company in my own crossover writing! I write for two Harlequin lines, Love Inspired and Heartwarming, but I also write for Kensington Books! All together, I have over 25 books out.  If you love Amish romance, my first Amish releases have come out through Kensington Books to very strong reviews!

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But I also have my first Amish with Love Inspired coming out this June. So if you discovered me through Kensington Books, surprise! There’s more from me at Harlequin!

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And I want my readers to know about all of my books, not just the publisher they tend to buy from. If you enjoy my writing at Harlequin, why not try my Kensington Books? And if you discovered me at Kensington, I have a hefty backlist at Harlequin!

Take a look at all of my books. I really think you’ll love them!