Reviewers Wanted

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**Update**
I’ve filled up my slots for reviewers this time around, but I will be looking for more reviewers for other upcoming releases, so stay tuned!

It’s that time again… I need a few good readers who are willing to post honest reviews!

Her Triplets’ Mistletoe Dad hits the shelves this November, and it is a sweet romance with:

  • triplet newborn baby boys
  • Christmas on a ranch
  • a brooding cowboy–they’re hard to pass up!
  • a desperate new mom
  • a marriage of convenience between old friends
  • smouldering attraction…

 

If you’re interested in reading an advance copy of this novel and are willing to post reviews, please get in contact with me on my Contact page by filling out the form and tell me a little bit about you and where you’d be willing to post some honest reviews.

My wish list of places you’ll post reviews:

  • Goodreads
  • Amazon
  • Barnes and Noble
  • Indigo
  • Bookbub
  • Harlequin
  • Facebook/social media
  • …any other online location where you buy your books!

If you are chosen, I’ll send you an EPUB copy of the book by email. Easy as that! Please allow me a few days to respond. ❤

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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 for Pre-order now!

 

 

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An Amish Second Christmas review!

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This book is hitting the shelves this October! This is a collection of three novellas written by Yours Truly, Shelley Shephard Gray and Virginia Wise.

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“In these touching novellas from a trio of bestselling authors, struggling couples rekindle their love as Christmas approaches…Fans of the authors will relish these sweet tales of reconciliation.”- Publishers Weekly

 

And the long version of this Publisher’s Weekly review:

“In these touching novellas from a trio of bestselling authors, struggling couples rekindle their love as Christmas approaches. In “Their Second Chance,” Shepard Gray tells the story of Hannah Eicher, an Amish girl who breaks off her relationship with Englisher fireman Rob Prince because of her parents’ objections. But months later, just before Christmas, Rob saves Hannah’s life when her apartment catches fire. Realizing they are still in love, the pair must decide if they can bridge their different worlds. In Johns’s “His Amish Angel,” outspoken Magdalena Lapp has been labeled unmarriageable by her conservative community. After the bishop discovers she is writing an advice column for Englishers, she is ordered to stop. But when she learns that Atley Troyer—her first love and the boy who jilted her—divulged her secret, he breaks her heart again. Ashamed of his actions, Atley realizes he must make amends. In Wise’s “An Heirloom Christmas,” two former schoolmates, the cautious Rachel Miller and reckless Joseph Webber, are forced to work together when Joseph is hired as a caregiver for Rachel’s mother, who has been diagnosed with cancer. The two begin to see past their childhood missteps as they spend the holiday season in close proximity. Fans of the authors will relish these sweet tales of reconciliation.”

 

I really loved writing HIS AMISH ANGEL, and I think you’ll love it, too. ❤ I hope you’ll pick up a copy this October!

Or better yet, PRE-ORDER it now!

If we aren’t growing…

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… then we’re doing it wrong.

Have you ever seen this comic?

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It’s so true! We aren’t supposed to stay the same. Life changes us–our relationships and experiences–and if we’re doing it right, we mature as we go along.

Have you ever noticed what fantastic spouses people are in their sixties? I’m forty, and when I see a happily married man in his sixties, I’m always impressed with just how good he is at being married. They’re kind, considerate, know their wives very well, and compliment them often. When you see men like that, it’s easy to think, “Is it just their generation, or what?”

But it isn’t a generation, it’s life experience! When a man has been married for as long as I’ve been alive, he learns a thing or two about relationships. Was he that good at being married when he was twenty, or thirty, or forty? Probably not, but he hung in there for another twenty years, and look what he learned!

We women are the same, of course. Women in their sixties seem to know their husbands so well they can function in a silent short hand. No words even necessary–at least in front of other people. But that doesn’t happen over night, either. That comes from years of living with one man, figuring him out, and loving him through the ups and downs.

I’ve been married for fourteen years now, and I look back at those first few years of marriage–passionate, opinionated, emotional. Everyone goes through it, but it feels more earthshaking when it’s your marriage. And now, fourteen years in, there is just as much passion–just channeled a little more wisely. Not every mountain is there to die on.

In my novella that comes out this October in a collection published by Kensington Books, I look at marriage at different stages–brand new love with all the hope and optimism, and some couples who have been at it for a while…

Marriage is beautiful, challenging, and hard work. It’s also worth it! One day, I hope younger women look at me and say, “Was she always like that? Did they always understand each other that well?” Of course, the answer will be no! We will have gotten there the same way everyone else does–

 one step at a time.

 

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Available to pre-order 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 . . .

Amish Available for Pre-Order!

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If you’ve read THE BISHOP’S DAUGHTER and you’re an Amish fan, you’ll be happy to know that I have more Amish releases coming up, and they’re available for pre-order!

 

 

 

 

In October, a novella anthology, AN AMISH SECOND CHRISTMAS, with novellas by me, Shelley Shephard Gray and Virginia Wise will be released, and you can preorder it now!

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Then, in April, THURSDAY’S BRIDE comes out–the story of Sadie’s younger sister, Rosmanda. If you loved THE BISHOP’S DAUGHTER, you’ll love his one, too! This book is also available for pre-order, so you can get a copy just as soon as it comes out!

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The Lemonade Stand

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For the last couple of years, my friend and I have let our kids have a lemonade stand together in the summer. Our town is remarkably generous. People will stop and buy a cup of lemonade from the kids, and often pay with a five or ten and decline taking the change. So between the five of them, they clean up!

It’s very sweet. They grin and wave, hold their sign and sell their lemonade.

That’s my son holding the sign. ❤

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It takes a little bit to start the customers coming, because people drive past, notice the lemonade stand, go run their errand, and then stop on their way back after they’ve thought about the cute kids out there for a few minutes and have managed to dig up some change or a bill.

But this year, their first customers were a fire truck, so that was very exciting for them! Lemonade and freezies for the firefighters.

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And it was so picture worthy. 🙂

The summer is coming to an end, and the kids will be back in school soon, and I’ll be getting back into my writing routine again after a couple of months of sporadic work.

I have some new releases coming up in the next couple of months, and I’m excited to share them all with you! But in the meantime, we’re just going to drink up the last few drops of summer…

So, if we ever have an apocalypse…

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If we ever have an apocalypse, somebody is going to have to feed me. I realized this not too long ago.

We have these friends who are very self-sufficient. They fix things when they break, they put in their own fence around their yard, they renovate, they harvest and can the fruit from their trees… These people have my utmost respect. Every once in a while I’ll mention having to replace something in our apartment, and my friend or her husband will say, “Oh, you can fix that! All you need to do is…” And after listening to a description of the work required, I’m forced to admit, “That is completely outside of our skill set.”

And if there were ever an apocalypse, I think they might have to feed me. My husband is handier than I am… maybe between the two of us we could figure out how to keep our family alive.

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Because I’m a writer. And I’m not handy. I’m not sure what I’d have to offer to a fledgling society of humans! I’m not a doctor, I’m not a farmer, I’m not handy with machines or growing food. I couldn’t build my own house. I likely couldn’t survive a winter! What can I do? I can tell you stories!

I mean, what is a story worth to people focused on survival? Is it worth one meal? Two meals? Is a month’s worth of stories worth helping us build a house?

Maybe… It depends on the stories you tell, I suppose. If you’re creating the history of this group of people, telling the tale of their survival, then maybe it is, because stories give us roots. They help us to know who we are and what we stand for. They help us to remember the ones we’ve loved and lost, and they give us hope for the future. Because if we’ve survived this much, we can keep going!

But I’d have to learn how to garden and preserve food, at the very least. My hearty petunias on the balcony just wouldn’t cut it.

What about you? If there were an apocalypse, would you have the skillset to keep yourself alive without all our modern conveniences?

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Speaking of my particular skillset, have you checked out my release this month? It’s a cowboy romance with adorable twin girls and it’s guaranteed to tear your heart out. That’s the kind of book I write!

 

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He’s forgotten how to be a daddy
But he’ll learn for his
Montana Twins

It’s no surprise that Sawyer West doesn’t recognize the beautiful woman visiting his ranch. After an accident, he doesn’t remember anyone. Not even his twin toddlers. Still, something tells him he can trust Olivia Martin, who offers her help with the girls—and recovering his missing memories. Yet that trust may shatter when he learns why she’s really there…

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And it’s on the shelves of your favourite bookstore!

 

 

 

 

 

It’s going to be a BUSY Christmas!

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This Christmas, not only do I have two new releases, but I also have two books from my backlist being re-released in double digests with two other fantastic authors, Ann Roth and Karen Rose Smith!

So if you haven’t read my HOPE, MONTANA miniseries, two of my Christmas books are going to be back on the shelves in November!

So keep your eyes open for these ones… or better yet, preorder! (Click on the covers for links to Amazon.)

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November 2019–Pre-order now!

 

 

Also coming this Christmas:

 

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October 2019–Pre-order now!

 

AND

 

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November 2019–Pre-order now!

 

That’s my cowboy!

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If you look at the books on the nightstand at the beginning of this Harlequin video, one of those books is mine! Do you know what that means? It means that cowboy is technically MY hero! As in, the hero that I wrote! How cool is that?

I’m rather tickled, because I thought this video that Harlequin made was rather cute, and it took an author friend of mine to point out my book in the beginning.

So, if you’d like to meet the hero from this video, he’s in this book

 

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And if you love cowboys, this Christmas, I have a new cowboy romance coming out! It will be released November 1, 2019, and I can’t wait for you meet Seth Straight, rugged cowboy and Gabby Rogers’ best friend who steps up for a sham marriage to help her newborn triplets get the formula they so desperately need…

9781335510914Can 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?

 

PRE-ORDER NOW!

Netgalley!

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If you review books and have a platform, then you know about Netgalley and I need not explain. For those who don’t know about it, it’s a place for reviewers to request to read advance copies of books yet to be released for the purpose of posting reviews.

Well, AN AMISH SECOND CHRISTMAS is now posted on Netgalley!

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If you’re interested in reviewing this book, that is where you can find it. And I do hope you’ll take a look! This book is on the shelves in October!

 

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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 . . .

 

AN AMISH SECOND CHRISTMAS is also available for pre-order!

A brand new contract!

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I’m so excited to be able to announce the I’ve signed another three book contract with Kensington Books! This is for a brand new miniseries, tentatively titled THE INFAMOUS AMISH, and you should be seeing it on the shelves in 2021!

A special thank you to my agent, Rachel Beck, at Holloway Literary for negotiating the deal for me. She’s the best, and she makes the whole process so painless. And Kensington is a wonderful publisher who has been an absolute joy to work with during my last contract, so I’m excited to continue on.

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This miniseries follows the adult children of an Amish patriarch who is in prison for fraud. Abe Yoder was arrested with some Englishers who were collecting money from unsuspecting Amish communities for a fraudulent charity. He was a very popular preacher who could make a three hour sermon feel like an hour and a half, and more than one Amish community feels personally betrayed by him. The Amish are supposed to forgive, but it’s a lot harder to forgive a leader who defrauded whole communities than it is to forgive an Englisher who is already on the outside and expected to be heathen. Abe Yoder was one of them.

Abe’s children have the unique challenge of adjusting to their father’s guilt as well as finding a way to move forward within their shaken community. Their family name has been sullied and no one trusts them anymore… Is love and marriage even possible for the Yoders? And is there redemption for their wayward daet?

I’m just thrilled to continue working with Kensington Books. Writing these Amish stories has been so much fun, and I can’t wait to start on the new miniseries. You can count on them to be more of the same heartfelt stories you are used to getting from me… but with a little added sizzle. 😉