In our town, the Christmas lights stay up all winter. In Alberta, Canada, the winter days are very short, and the nights are long and dark. But when you have an entire park filled with twinkling lights, something wakes up inside of you, and you feel cheerier. Every single tree in this particular park is festooned with lights. No exceptions!
I was out early one morning, on my way home again, and I stopped to snap a few pictures. This particularly park also has a circular running track that they flood every winter to turn into a circular skating path. And yes, I risked my life walking across some freshly watered ice to get these pictures for you! 😉
I love this park, I make excuses to drive past it after dark whenever possible. It just makes me happy. 🙂
I hope you find something beautiful out there in your corner of the world, too. And may your 2021 have sparkle!
I have regular (read: continual!) giveaways over on my Facebook page, and if you pop by, you can enter for free books!
The giveaway to kick off the new year is with a sister writing team, Sadie and Sophie Cuffe. I got to know them years ago, and can I tell you? They are FANTASTIC! It’s possible you have not run across them before, but they are a really terrific writing team, and you’ll thank me for the introduction–I promise!
This writing team also runs a small farm in Maine, and they take care of it all. If you follow them on Facebook, you’ll find their pictures of life out there on their little farm with their 92-year-old mama.
So if you like giveaways, come on by to enter! I’m including an ARC of my newest book, The Preacher’s Son, that will hit the shelves in February, so you can get a chance to read the first book in my Infamous Amish miniseries a little early! Plus, I’m including my VERY LAST copy of Jeb’s Wife!
The giveaway is always pinned to the top of my page, so you’ll see it right away. Give my page a like and come back often, because there’s always another giveaway posted!
Starting in February 2021, I have a brand new miniseries kicking off—The Infamous Amish!
These Amish stories are about the Amish bad boys.
The miniseries starts with the story of Isaiah Yoder, the son of an Amish criminal. Abe Yoder’s fraud has rocked the community, and no one knows who they can trust anymore. Now that Abe is in prison doing his time, the community has to move on, and so does Abe’s son, Isaiah.
But how do you move on when no one will trust you?
How do you find your place again when your name has been ruined?
In this poignant new series, Patricia Johns introduces an Amish family striving to reclaim the promise of love, marriage, and community after a shocking change in circumstance. Her sensitive storytelling and realistically flawed, yet endearing characters bring depth and heart to this tender story about faith and second chances, as a young man and woman.
The Amish residents of Bountiful, Pennsylvania, are stunned when preacher Abe Yoder is imprisoned for fraud. For Abe’s son, Isaiah, the news cuts doubly deep. His daet’s misdeeds have cost Isaiah his family’s land and their good name. To support his sisters, he takes a job in the Glick family’s book-binding shop, though it means working alongside a woman who has every reason to resent him. Yet, his attraction to Bethany Glick’s beauty and warmth is undimmed…
Isaiah’s daet’s actions helped drive Bethany’s fiancé to the Englischer world, and cost her own father his savings. Their shop is in need of Isaiah’s brawn and skill, but if she’s to start over after heartbreak, she needs a man she can trust. Not a Yoder. But Isaiah isn’t giving up so easily. And when Bethany faces a dilemma, there may be a way for each to find not just redemption, but a joyful new love…
There are two big giveaways going on right now that you NEED to know about!
The first is being handled by Kensington Books on Goodreads! This one is only lasting for two weeks, so you’ll want to make sure you enter soon. They’re giving away 100 free Kindle copies of THE PREACHER’S SON! This is my newest release that hits the shelves in February, so you’ll be able to find it in bookstores, Walmarts and Targets. This is the first book in THE INFAMOUS AMISH miniseries, and so far it’s getting fabulous reviews!
I have another cover to show you–this one is for my May 2021 release called THE PREACHER’S DAUGHTER. This is book 2 in my INFAMOUS AMISH miniseries.
Do you love this cover as much as I do? Because I couldn’t be happier with it!
The first book in this miniseries is released 2021, and I can’t wait to share these stories with you!
When popular preacher Abe Yoder is arrested for fraud, the entire Amish community of Bountiful, Pennsylvania is rocked, and his young adult children are left to put their lives back together again.
The Amish believe in forgiveness, but they’re human, too, and forgetting is a whole other challenge…
So when Elizabeth Yoder meets Solomon Lantz, she’s determined to keep her distance. He’s been to prison. He knows how to fight, how to hit harder and take a punch. And he’s got the kind muscle that’s only built by lifting weights behind prison walls… She needs someone safe, not this dangerous, emotionally scarred bad boy who’s bent on protecting her from English troublemakers.
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.
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. 😉