Publishers Weekly for the second week!

This has been a GREAT week! My newest release, Snowbound with the Amish Bachelor, has been on the Publishers Weekly bestsellers list for the second week in a row! Week 1, it was #12, and this week it was #18. I couldn’t be happier! It just does my heart good to know that my readers are loving one of my books this much.

If you haven’t grabbed your copy yet, I hope you’ll pick it up this week! 🙂

This is my screen shot proof of the second week on the bestsellers list:

I also wanted to give you a quick reminder about my Harlequin Online Free Read called Amish Love Letters that’s available right now! You can read the entire novella in one sitting now! If you make a password on the Harlequin site (no buying info necessary at all!), you have access to all sorts of free novellas at your fingertips. I love going through and reading them when I have some free time, and it’s a great way to find new authors you might like. So definitely come by and read mine! I think you’ll like it!

ON A PERSONAL NOTE…

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This last weekend was Canadian Thanksgiving, and we had a really great turkey dinner with my parents, and then played a rousing game of Clue. I really love Thanksgiving season. For my American readers, your Thanksgiving is coming up still, and I just might eat turkey again in solidarity with you! 🙂

This year, I pulled out my grandmother’s wedding china to serve Thanksgiving dinner on. I don’t pull it out too often because it can’t go into the dishwasher, but I think it’s so pretty!

I hope you are all enjoying your autumn weather, and that you’re finding some great books to curl up with!

Happy reading!

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Tiny knitting… and Loving Lovina

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I have exciting news! Loving Lovina, the third and final book in my Infamous Amish miniseries is available for pre-order!

I do hope you’ll order your copy now! 🙂

If you haven’t read the other two books in the miniseries, I think you’ll love them! The Infamous Amish miniseries is about the Yoder family, whose patriarch–a once respected Amish preacher–is found guilty of fraud and put into prison. The Yoder children, now adults, have to navigate their Amish world, their family reputation in tatters. The Amish believe in forgiving, but they don’t forget.

I do hope you’ll pick these up! I’ve been getting some wonderful reviews for these books, and I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed writing them. 🙂

ON A PERSONAL NOTE…

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I just love working on my dollhouse rooms. There is something about miniatures that is very satisfying to my soul.

As I said last week, I was looking for some new tiny wonders for my dollhouse dining room table. And I found some lovely little additions that just make the room feel so much more lived in. (I picked up the cheese board and the wine bottle with glasses.)

While I was shopping for the dining room items, I spotted an adorable little knitting basket, but while I pondered spending $7 on a tiny knitting basket, it occurred to me that I could easily make most of it myself!

All it really took was making some tiny balls of yarn, and I was going to stop at just stabbing some toothpicks (cut in half) into a tiny ball of yarn to be the knitting needles. Then I thought… what if I tried to actually knit onto the toothpicks?

Dear reader, it worked!

I’m inordinately proud of my tiny knitting! It wasn’t even that difficult!

And here it is in the room with the balls of yarn.

So there you have it–the hobby that fills my time when I’m not writing books. 🙂 It’s so much fun! I love nothing more than adding details to rooms.

Don’t forget that Snowbound with the Amish Bachelor is on the shelves now!

And I hope you are all enjoying your fall as much as I am.

Happy reading!

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It’s on the shelves!

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One of my favorite parts of having a book published is stalking it until I find it on the shelves. Well… I found Snowbound with the Amish Bachelor! This is from my local Shopper’s Drug Mart where the new Harlequins were finally placed on the shelf. 🙂

I’m masked up, and perfectly thrilled to have finally found it! I’m too shy to tell the workers why I come for selfies with the books every couple or three months, though… Honestly? I’m half afraid they wouldn’t believe me and they’d just nod and smile like I’m a nut. Social anxiety for authors stalking their own books.

And there my book is next to Lisa Carter’s. They sure are pretty together, aren’t they?

ON A PERSONAL NOTE…

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I thought I’d share a little peek into the dollhouse room I’m currently working on. A dining room is harder to fill than you’d think! I might need some candlesticks, and perhaps some food to fill the table… Maybe some napkins? But this is what I’m working on ever so slowly. If you ever wonder what I do when I’m not writing. 😉

And that is what’s happening in my world! I hope you are all doing well, finding lots of great books to fill your leisure time, and that you find my book on the shelves and grab a copy of your own!

Happy reading!

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A Special Release Week Giveaway!

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I’m so excited to have Snowbound with the Amish Bachelor hitting the shelves everywhere this week! This is a fun snowed-in romance with a hard to match Amish hero and an ex-Amish heroine who understands his way of life a whole lot better than he realizes! Add in an abandoned baby on a doorstep, a baby-whisperer dawdie who wants nothing more than to see his son safely married, and you’ve got one well-timed snowstorm that locks them all in together.

SPECIAL GIVEAWAY!!
UPDATE: I’m out of bookmarks now! Thank you to everyone!

I’m so excited that this book will be on the shelves! I’m giving away some of my special, trademark bookmarks, all knitted with love by Yours Truly. So if you’d like to win, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Buy the book!
  2. Take a picture of you and the book together, and send it to me along with your mailing address.

That’s it! You can send it on Facebook, Twitter, by email ( patriciajohnsromance @ yahoo . ca )… any way you like! And the first people to send me photos will receive a bookmark in the mail until I run out of bookmarks. (Probably about ten winners! I’ll keep knitting! 😉 )

So buy my book, and send me a picture! I’d love nothing more than to send you a bookmark! 🙂

ON A PERSONAL NOTE

I’m now back into driving my son to and from school every day. It’s kind of nice to get out a bit–it reminds me that there’s a big wide world out there! But while I wait for my son to come out of the school, I always have a good book on hand to read. I thought I’d give you a little snoop into what my world is like these days.

I always have a book in my purse for reading, and also a notebook for jotting down ideas before I lose them if I’m out. My purse is a cave of wonders. Anything you need is in there from allergy medication to bandaids to pens to lipgloss… In fact, I also have “purse snacks” in there for the inevitable blood sugar drop that makes the family grumpy when we’re out. I’m prepared!

I hope you’re prepared for emergency reading breaks, too. 😉 And I do hope you’ll pick up a copy of my newest release and enter to win my giveaway!

Happy reading!

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You know you love those giveaways!

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I have a new giveaway starting on my Facebook page, and this time I’m teaming up with the lovely Tanya Agler. Her book is a Thanksgiving story, and I know you’ll just love it.

I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for some holiday stories. If you’re ready for some cozy, cold weather reads, we have you set!

You’ll find this giveaway posted on my Facebook page. It will be pinned to the top of the page.

The lucky winner will receive:

~Snowbound with the Amish Bachelor by Patricia Johns

~The Single Dad’s Holiday Match by Tanya Agler

~A knitted surprise!

Without further ado, this is Tanya Agler:

A huge thank you to Patricia for hosting me on her blog today, especially as we in the Northern Hemisphere are about to say goodbye to summer and hello to my favorite season of autumn. Many great memories of my life have taken place in autumn. While in college, I met my husband in November, and the following week, we sat next to each other on a hayride, which was also especially memorable as the driver lost his wedding ring while showing us around his farm. We’d been married for some time and already had two children when we welcomed our twins on an October day. And then there are the fall festivals. I love walking around different outdoor sites whether they’re a salute to all things apple or a fund-raiser for a local charity. 

Fall brings cooler temperatures and makes walking and hiking especially pleasant in Georgia, where I live with my husband, four children, and our lovable beagle, Linus. Whether I’m walking through an apple orchard or hiking in one of the many state parks while enjoying the fresh air and the beautiful changing colors of the leaves, fall is a time to get out of the house and enjoy nature or one of those trips to a festival.

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The Single Dad’s Holiday Match (Smoky Mountain First Responders, book 1)

‘Tis the season…For unexpected love!

Officer Jonathan Maxwell is just as devoted to his job as he is to his two young daughters, leaving zero time for a social life. Until he meets Brooke Novak. The newly hired community center director is a single parent, too, and also part of his latest investigation. Jonathan needs Brooke’s help if he’s going to close his case by Thanksgiving…but she might be the biggest distraction from keeping his mind on his job.

Book links:

Harlequin.com: https://bit.ly/3fBN7ud

Kindle: https://amzn.to/3eGQleb

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2R7cHNC

Tanya Agler’s FB page: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorTanyaAgler

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We both wish you a very happy Fall, and lots of great reading!

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A Brand New Cover!

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I just love getting a peek at a new cover. It’s one of the emails I look forward to the most when I can see what the cover artists did with my book, and this new cover doesn’t disappoint!

Blended Amish Blessings will hit the shelves in January 2022. This book comes right after Snowbound with the Amish Bachelor, and I don’t want to give any spoilers by telling you too much, but this book has:

~a teenaged girl in need of her father’s love

~a baby who turns everything upside down

~buttermaking!

~an old, naughty Basset Hound that you can’t help but love

~a kitten named Thimble

Without further ado, this is the cover!

Coming January 2022

I hope you love it as much as I do, and I hope you’ll pick up both Snowbound with the Amish Bachelor when it comes out later this month, AND Blended Amish Blessings that ties up the rest of the story in January.

ON A PERSONAL NOTE…

This month we had a family wedding, and it was just wonderful! It was so nice to see everyone, and to see my brother-in-law marry the love of his life. ❤ They really are a fantastic couple!

Just before we all went out to take our seats as the family, I took a quick picture of the men saying a prayer with the pastor before the wedding started (Mr. Johns is in this picture, too), and it’s one of my favorite photos from the day. This is the way you start a marriage!

I just wanted to share that with you, because it did my heart good!

I hope you’re all enjoying your fall weather, and that you’re taking good care of the ones you love.

Happy reading!

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Are you ready to think about snow?

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I sure am! I love the summer, but I’m always ready for the cooler weather when it comes. I wanted to let you know about a new giveaway posted on my Facebook page. This one is with a debut Amish fiction author, Wendy Rich Stetson, and this is your chance to get your hands on her new release.

I’m also including a copy of my upcoming October release, Snowbound with the Amish Bachelor, AND a knitted surprise!

My newest Facebook giveaway is always pinned to the top of the page. So if you come by my page and don’t see one, give me a follow and wait a few days, and there will be another one shortly!

If you’d like to pick up a copy of Snowbound with the Amish Bachelor, you can preorder it now! This books has:

~a baby on a doorstep

~an ex-Amish social worker who arrives to pick up the baby

~a handsome, but very hard to match bachelor

~a well-timed storm to lock them in together!

You can buy it wherever books are sold!

Amazon

Harlequin

ON A PERSONAL NOTE

Mr. Johns put together my birthday present yesterday. I’d asked for a new bookshelf. For now, it’s holding photos, but give me some time, and I’ll have it overflowing with books soon! So I thought I’d share a picture of my newest shelf with you, because it makes me happy. 🙂

I hope you’re all enjoying some cooler weather (if it cools off where you are!)

Happy reading!

Amish Love Letters

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My Free Read on the Harlequin site is now live! I’m so thrilled to share this free Amish romance with you all. You can read the first chapter starting today, and every day going forward through the month of September, a new chapter will be unlocked. 🙂

Amish Bachelor Obadiah Stoltzfuz never thought he’d be exchanging letters with the prettiest maedel in Redemption, Pennsylvania. After all, what could he have in common with beautiful Rachel Gerhart? Obadiah is too shy, too awkward, and everyone in the community thinks he’s set to be a lifelong bachelor.

Rachel knows too well how he feels. After waiting too long to accept a courtship, she must face the very real possibility that she’s no longer a desirable wife. Now she’s come home to Redemption to face her disappointed hopes. But thanks to their correspondence, Rachel and Obadiah have found comfort in their warm and unlikely friendship. Through their writing, they know the secrets of each other’s hearts.

But there’s one secret Obadiah’s been keeping from Rachel. Now he must find the courage to tell Rachel how he feels about her… before another man wins her hand.

ON A PERSONAL NOTE…

School is starting today in our neck of the woods. For the first time in almost two years, I’m going to have my uninterrupted office hours back in my life because our son is going back to school in person again. I’m excited for him–he’s ready for people again. And I’m ready for some silence, which is how I’m most productive. I got used to having more happening around me while I worked, but I don’t mind telling you, I’m looking forward to this as much as our son is. 😉

My desk is waiting for me…

I hope you’re all enjoying this transition into fall. Here, that includes school starting up, cooler nights, and that the scent of coming cold in the air. I love this!

Happy reading!

Next week’s free surprise!

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COMING NEXT WEEK!

I have a free online read that will be available beginning August 30, 2021 on the Harlequin site. It’s a mini-romance–20 chapters that are unlocked one per day, culminating in a happily ever after. 🙂

I’ll give you a link in next week’s post when the free read is live, but I know you’ll enjoy it. This is the story of a beautiful Amish girl and the shy, awkward man next door who’s been writing her letters for his grandmother. You have to love an Amish mammi who wants to see a wedding! 🙂

GREAT DEAL ALERT!

This isn’t a collection that I’m a part of, but if you love sweet romance, Harlequin Heartwarming authors have banded together to release this amazing Christmas anthology for only $0.99!

Just wanted to let you know about it so that you don’t miss out! It releases October 1, but you can pre-order now. 🙂

ON A PERSONAL NOTE…

I haven’t always been very good at taking a rest from my work. I love writing books, and I’m the kind of person whose passion can take over her entire life. (This is a good thing for my marriage with Mr. Johns who gets the benefit of a wife who loves him with that kind of passion, too, but a bad thing when it comes to taking proper time off.)

Lately, Mr. Johns and I have been enjoying reading together on the weekends. (I’m rather proud of myself for this work/life balance.) I snapped a picture of Mr. Johns reading because I think he’s such a handsome guy! He’s reading some John Grisham, and I’m reading The Hunchback of Notre Dame. I do love some dramatic Gothic fiction!

(If you click on the pictures, you can see a bigger version. You might notice Mr. Johns’s bookmark. I made that one just for him. ❤ )

These are the things I’ve been enjoying the last week! I hope you’re finding some quality reading time in your busy lives, too!

Happy reading!

Tied with a bow

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I just love putting together packages for my giveaway winners. It’s fun! Every winner receives a signed book, wrapped up with ribbon and tied with a bow. I also include a knitted surprise… which these days tends to be a little knitted bookmark, knitted with much love and the thinnest yarn I can find. 🙂

The knitted bookmarks are so fun to make! Each one is made by hand by Yours Truly, normally while sitting with my family in the living room and half watching a TV show. I use them at home for my own reading, too. 🙂 Each one is unique, and knitted with love.

Of course, I also include a card for my winner… and I truly enjoy writing them out.

If you’d like a chance at winning one of my packages, come by my Facebook page and give me a like/follow! I have continual giveaways over there. If one isn’t currently started, wait a couple of days and you’ll see one posted.

ON A PERSONAL NOTE…

I’ve been getting some old family photos from my aunt lately, and I just love collecting them. I came across this photo of my grandparents on my mother’s side, and I can’t tell you how much I love it! I’ve written before about my family history on my father’s side, which is the more conservative Mennonite branch of the family. This is my mother’s side–the wild Catholics. 😉

My grandparents were pretty newly married in this photo. My grandfather was a miner. Isn’t he a good looking guy? I love the way they’re sitting–the passion between them is pretty evident. They were incredibly close until they died within a year of each other in their late fifties.

I just thought I’d share that with you. Have you ever considered all the love stories and dramas it took to bring you into the world? These are the things keeping me busy over here in Alberta, Canada. I hope you’re all doing well, and that you’re enjoying the tail end of summer as much as I am.

Happy reading!