Still the one

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After nearly fifteen years of marriage, Mr. Johns is still The One.

He’s the one I wait up for, the one I come home to, the one I still flirt with, and the only one I want to spend the rest of my life with. When our son was tiny, getting time together was harder, even getting on the same page in parenting. But the older our son gets, the more we get that time together back again. We laugh more, and we’re getting very good at the united front in parenting.  (The laughter might sound diabolical sometimes. Muahaha!) I think we bring out the best in each other, though. I’m a kinder, softer woman because of him. I love this guy. Heart and soul.

I snapped a picture in church. I liked it–it’s us. Just a moment from our week, side by side.

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Here is to many more of these times together, and may we never take it for granted.

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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 new African dress

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My in-laws recently returned from a trip to Africa to see family (my husband’s side of the family is African), and while they were there, my mother-in-law and sister-in-law (who was local) had a dress made for me. They took some pictures of me, showed them to a seamstress my sister-in-law knows, and she made a dress to suit.

Now this dress fits me perfectly, and I absolutely love it! (Thank you, Mom and Mimi!) I can’t imagine the skill it takes to look at a picture of a woman and then make a dress to fit her.

Anyway, I wanted to show you all a picture of this dress, and my husband took picture after picture of me in it, and I just couldn’t look right… I mean, I look in the mirror, and it’s beautiful! I get in front of a camera and I turn into a doofus.

This was the best picture I could get, just me standing there like a lug. Out of fifteen photos. Each more awkward than the last. (But the dress is really cute, right?)

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So I pointed out to my husband that I just don’t know how to pose! I don’t know what to do with my hands. I mean, my husband’s older sister knows how to pose for photos so that she looks amazing. It’s a skill! I can hide behind a book and have it turn out okay, but to have another person snap a picture of me? I end up looking like… well… this.  And I like my figure, I like my weight, my size, my features. I’m not complaining about the bricks and mortar here… but I just can’t seem to pose so that I use what the good Lord gave me to any kind of advantage.

I tried a couple of different poses in the mirror, and came up with two. One did not work at all, and this one was half-decent.

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I still look like a bit of a doofus, but it’s better. And I just love the dress! It’s comfortable, and flattering, and I’m going to wear it constantly once summer hits.

However, there are family members in Africa who have never met me in real life, and the only mental image they have of me is from awkward photos. You can only imagine what that talented seamstress had to work with, photo-wise! But I really do think I improve upon personal meeting.

And for everyone else who is related to me by marriage… Sorry! I try, okay? I do! Please just believe me that when you add personality to this tall glass of awkward, the overall impression improves. 😉

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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 . . .

 

 

Another new cover!

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This will be my first Amish release through Harlequin, although those of you who read my books know it’s far from my first Harlequin book. 😉 However, this one is special to me, and I hope that you all love this story as much as I do.

This is book one in my Redemption’s Amish Legacies miniseries, which will hit the shelves in bookstores everywhere June 2020. What do you think of that cover? The little girl’s name is Rue, is she’s sure to steal your heart, too!

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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?

 

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Things that are cool to authors

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Look what I bought for myself! This is very exciting in my world. Now, when I send out signed copies in Facebook giveaways (they happen fairly frequently, if you’d like to join me over there!), I will be putting one of these seals on the signed copies. Never fear, they do come off again, if you don’t want your book cover so defiled. 😉

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It’s funny the things that I get excited about these days. But I saw another author who had posted something about these seals and I realized that I just had to have them. So I asked around about them, and ended up finding them on Amazon, because that really is my first and last stop for pretty much everything these days.

So to my author pals, if these strike your fancy… Amazon. 😉

I can’t wait to use them!

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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 . . .

 

The incredible irony

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I’m the kind of person who drags her feet for any new kind of technology. I’m also married to a technology nut who loves gadgets of all kinds. So when Mr. Johns got all excited about an Instant Pot he saw on sale, I wasn’t convinced I’d ever even use it. I mean, I have a Dutch oven, a stove and a teapot. I hardly see the use for some new fangled pot. 😉

Mr. Johns had a convincing argument, though. He pointed out that with all the writing I do, it might be nice to cut down on some the work in the kitchen, and he was pretty sure this thing would make my life easier. And the real cincher? He said he’d figure out how to use it, too, and do more cooking! SOLD!

Anyway, Mr. Johns was right. An Instant Pot does have a learning curve, but it makes a lot of cooking a LOT easier.

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While I make a fantastic chilli at the best of times, this chilli was even better than my usual. 😉

However, the most exciting part of this newfangled gadget is the air fryer lid. I have a weakness for potato wedges, and cooking them in the oven takes a long time and requires a bit of supervision. I tried some potato wedges with a gluten-free BBQ seasoning on top with the Instant Pot air fryer… SO good! And fast. Like, taking-a-break-from-writing-and-I-need-some-carby-goodness fast! 🙂

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I saw these decals online, and I’m tempted to get this particular one, just because it makes me laugh. 🙂 Mr. Johns won’t get the humor because he isn’t a Star Wars fan. Our son will probably grant me an eye roll. But it still might be worth it. 😉

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Anyone else an Instant Pot convert? Any favourite recipes you just can’t live without now? I’d be glad to get some new ideas!

And while I note the incredible irony that I’ve got an Amish release coming out while I tell you about my electronic cooking gadget, please do check out my upcoming release! All the women in that book cook it the old fashioned way. 😉

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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 . . .

 

 

 

He’s just checking…

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I think most writers have a little writing buddy, especially if they write full time. It’s nice to have a bit of company around while you’re writing–the kind of company that is incapable of reading over your shoulder. 😉

My little buddy is my Quaker parrot, Pichu. He’s adorable, and very cuddly.  (At least now he is, after we’ve had him for over a year. He’s really gotten snuggly in that time.) I took a couple of pictures while he was checking out my teacup. He was hopeful that there was something in there for him. (There wasn’t.)

 

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But I just love this little guy! He’s so full of personality, and there is nothing quite so cozy as a fluffed up bird sitting on your arm while you type. 🙂

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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 brand new cover!

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I have a brand new cover to share for my May 2020 release… that’s coming right up! I absolutely love this story. Even my agent told me that this one is really something special!

Writing this book was such a joyous release for me–being able to write a woman my own age with all the passion and wisdom that comes with a couple of decades in the relationship trenches.

It has:

  • a mature hero who’s old enough to know what he wants and exactly how to get it
  • a mature heroine who knows what life is about, but still struggles as a stepmom
  • family drama… oh, so much drama…
  • an evolving relationship with her step-daughter that will wring your heart out (guaranteed!)
  • all the tugging at your heartstrings and passionate kisses that you can handle!

Did I mention how much I love this book? ❤

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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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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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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 . . .

 

 

 

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 . . .