Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller!

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With all of the mayhem and excitement of three books releasing this month, I was so thrilled to discover that WIFE ON HIS DOORSTEP landed on the Publisher’s Weekly bestseller list at #18!

It’s just such a thrill to make the list again, and I’m so grateful to all my readers who grabbed a copy and made that possible. I really couldn’t do this job without you. โค There is nothing I love more than writing these stories, but if I didn’t have you to enjoy them with me, I wouldn’t be able to do this. I’m eternally grateful for each and every one of you!

If you haven’t gotten your copy yet, it’s on the shelves now, if you’d like to pick up a copy, or order it online!

Facebook Giveaway

I also wanted to remind you about my Facebook Giveaway with Vannetta Chapman! She’s a fan favourite, and one of my favourite people. We’re giving away a copy of my June release, THE PREACHER’S DAUGHTER, which is on the shelves in Walmart and everywhere books are sold right now, and the first book in her Amish cozy mystery series, DEAD WRONG.

Also… a knitted surprise!

As a way to make it easier for everyone to win, we’re posting this giveaway on BOTH of our Facebook pages, and you can enter in both places. We’ll each be choosing winners, so that means there will be a winner chosen from her page, and a winner chosen from mine. The winner from my page will get a surprise knitted by me, and the winner from her page will get a surprise knitted by her!

So definitely come by Facebook for this giveaway!

And as always, I have continual giveaways happening on my Facebook page–mostly with Amish fiction. And we have a lot of fun! So if you haven’t yet, come over and give me a follow! ๐Ÿ™‚

On a personal note…

Life here in Alberta is staying pretty quiet right now. I’m working on a new book for Harlequin Heartwarming called Deputy Defender that features an Ohio sheriff’s deputy with the witness he’s sheltering in Amish country. This will be the first time that Heartwarming features Amish elements in a story, so I’m excited to be the first there!

Our teenaged son is working on his last month of school from home, and we’re hoping everything will be back to normal again by September. I’m a delight, but I’m pretty sure he’d rather be around friends and teachers next year. LOL!

Mr. Johns and I are working hard, and our time seems to be measured out by weekends relaxing together and food on the table… like my newest batch of super-garlicky pickles! This is as exciting as it gets around here lately, and I’m not complaining about that! I like it quiet in my real life. Drama is definitely reserved for fiction! ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope you all thoroughly enjoy your summer!

Happy reading!

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Wife on His Doorstep

On the shelves now wherever books are sold!

The Preacher’s Daughter

On the shelves in Walmart, and wherever books are sold!

Rocky Mountain Baby

Available online!

A Whirlwind June!

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I have THREE books out this month, and I couldn’t be more excited about it! I do hope you pick them up!

Wife on His Doorstep is on the shelves right now everywhere books are sold!

The Preacher’s Daughter is stocked right now in Walmarts and bookstores everywhere.

Rocky Mountain Baby is available at all online e-tailers–so don’t miss out, and pick it up!

On Facebook, I spotted my book, Wife on His Doorstep, on a nearly empty shelf in another author’s photo. That was incredibly exciting, because it looks like it was one book shy of being sold out in that particular Walmart, and that does my heart good! I hope everyone rushes out and snaps them up! ๐Ÿ™‚

As always, I have giveaways going on on my Facebook page, and I hope you’ll come check them out! Starting June 1, I have a new giveaway with reader favorite Vannetta Chapman, and I’m giving you a sneak peek today!

The giveaway will include:

~a copy of my brand new release, The Preacher’s Daughter

~a copy of Vannetta Chapman’s Amish mystery, Dead Wrong

~plus a surprise knitted with love!

If you’d like to enter to win, come by my Facebook page and give my page a like! I’ll be posting this giveaway tomorrow morning!

My family history

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On Facebook where I interact with some of my readers, I’ve been asked quite often about my own family history, and if it has affected my choice to write Amish stories. So today, I thought I’d give you a little view into the family I come from.

My father’s side of the family is Russian Mennonite. They came to Canada in 1925 from Russia. They were German speaking, and starting farming almost immediately–it was a life they already knew. In fact, their first house was a sod house (by the looks of some old pictures) and it was one room. My grandfather was 16 when he arrived in Canada, and had to start learning English by going to Grade One in school.

This is a picture from my grandfather and grandmother’s wedding in 1933. They’d upgraded to a wooden farm house–two stories! In eight short years, they’d worked their way up, and my grandfather had found a woman he loved.

My grandmother came from an incredibly conservative Mennonite community, while my grandfather was less so. They did end up buying a truck in later years (after my grandparents were married for a little while, I believe), and then eventually a car. A tractor was acquired for my grandfather’s farm, so they weren’t Amish or Old Order Mennnonite, but they did live very simply. There was no running water or electricity when they first started out.

My aunt who is in her eighties now tells stories about how her parents used to refer to the neighbours as the “English neighbours.” She’d assumed back then that they must have been from England, but I highly suspect they were called English in the same way that the Amish use the term–to describe their native language spoken at home. They were English speaking, while my grandfather’s home was German speaking.

By the time my dad was born (he was #11 out of 12 kids), his parents used low German as the language they spoke to each other, and the language they could use to keep secrets from the younger kids. My aunt who was #5 out of 12, spoke a lot more German.

My dad grew up on a farm. His father was multi-talented. He built their houses himself, kept a flourishing garden, and ran his own dairy farm. My grandmother, who took care of the kids and the house, was a tremendous cook, I’ve been told.

My father graduated from high school, and he was going on to become a computer technician. He’d certainly moved on to very modern goals. He even married a Catholic girl (my mother.) This was very shocking to his conservative mother. My grandmother wouldn’t attend the wedding–that was just a shade too far in her eyes. My mother would end up taking care of my grandmother for a few years before her death, though, which just goes to prove that it all worked out rather nicely after all.

There is still a great sense of respect for our family’s humble beginnings on Canadian soil, and for the communities of Anabaptist believers who keep to a strict, Plain faith. We still have some Russian money that was smuggled out of Russia when they left. It was absolutely worthless by the time it arrived in Canada, but it was preserved for the memories, and at first, possibly out of a loathing to literally throw money away. I’m glad they did keep it, though, because it is a part of our story.

So when you read my Amish stories, you’ll notice a theme of outsiders versus insiders, keeping a community safe by preserving tradition, and the curious gaze of the Amish, looking at the outside world around them. This all comes from my own family’s experience of preserving their Mennonite faith on the Canadian prairies. โค

It wasn’t so long ago!

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THE PREACHER’S DAUGHTER hits the shelves in a week! It releases May 25, 2021.

I hope you’ll pick it up!

New tiny pretties

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My aunt is just the kindest lady. She thought of me when she was going through some old things, and she figured of anyone, I’d love some miniatures!

And she was so right!

This little set is at least forty years old, but I’m not sure where she got it, or how she came across it. I think it’s just adorable, though. I included a quarter so you can see the size.

Isn’t it adorable? โค I couldn’t love it more!

These are the things on my desk while I write. Writing is a very solitary experience. We writers do reach out and try to connect with people, but at the end of the day, it’s just our fingers on the keyboard, and the ideas the fill us up. I do enjoy connecting with readers and other authors on social media, so if you come find me on Facebook, I’m bound to respond. ๐Ÿ™‚ I also have very regular giveaways going on over there! If you don’t see one pinned to the top of my page, give it a day or two… one will pop up. That’s a guarantee.

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And if you like a romance about a married couple reuniting, Wife on His Doorstep is for you! It’s got all the feel-good romance you could ask for…
Coming June 2021!
Pre-order it now, and look for it wherever Harlequins are sold!

A BIG giveaway!

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Just wanted to remind you all to enter the Amish Hearts and Hearths Giveaway! The last day to enter is May 15, 2021, and that’s coming right up! This is a fantastic collection of bestselling Amish authors that you won’t want to miss out on!

Do you love to sink into a cozy spot and escape into a delightful, heartwarming Amish romance, romantic suspense, or novel? Then this giveaway is for you!
๐Ÿ“š 13 Amazing Authors & 40 Winners
๐ŸŒŸ  1 Grand Prize – All 13 eBooks
 ๐Ÿ’— 39 Prizes – 1 ebook each

ENTER BY 5/15/21:
https://forms.gle/d3quv3GxcwFhBMsp8 
*Read the instructions. U.S only please.

Participating Authors:

  • Amy Clipston
  • Amy Grochowski
  • Charlotte Hubbard
  • Dana R. Lynn
  • Debby Giusti
  • Janice Kay Johnson
  • Kristen McKanagh
  • Laurel Blount
  • Lenora Worth
  • Patricia Johns
  • Rebecca Kertz
  • Shelley Shepard Gray
  • Suzanne Woods Fisher

*Prizes are ebooks unless otherwise noted on the form.

PS. My books, and those of one other author will be coming to you in print form!

May 15 is the last day, so definitely come by and enter!

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This June I have three new releases! Have you pre-ordered these heartwarming stories yet?

Wife on His Doorstep

The Preacher’s Daughter

Rocky Mountain Baby

A dollhouse birdcage!

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We have some good friends who sent us a care package, and inside there was the most adorable little dollhouse birdcage for me!

I was just so tickled! You know how much I love adding to my miniature rooms, and this little addition is so cute!

I’m still working on this room… slowly but surely. And since we’re bird people with a parrot of our own, a birdcage is just perfect!

Don’t you think? ๐Ÿ™‚

June is coming up quickly–the month of my THREE releases! I do hope you’ll pick them up!

Wife on his Doorstep

The Preacher’s Daughter

Rocky Mountain Baby

And just a quick note: going forward I will be posting once a week here on my blog, on Mondays. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Hitting the shelves this June! Have you pre-ordered your copy yet?

Knitted surprises

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Knitting is turning into an incredibly relaxing hobby. It gives my fingers something to do, and there is just something so satisfying about creating something you can physically hold… and use to scrub the dishes. ๐Ÿ˜‰

This is one of my newest dish cloths that I’m making. I’m not a skilled knitter, but I can make a square, and that’s all I need for these. I loving nothing more lately than hitting the craft store for a new skein of yarn. And this is my newest!

I use these dish cloths in my own kitchen, too! They work so nicely, and I like having some pretty colors at my kitchen sink. You can tell that I chose the peach and green yarn to match with my own kitchen.

I also knit these dish cloths for giveaways. When I say you’ll get a knitted surprise, expect one of these! ๐Ÿ™‚ The wonderful thing about something personally knitted for you is that the person doing the knitting thought about you while she worked on it. And while I knit my dish cloths, unless I’m planning on using it in my own kitchen, I’m thinking about the winner of my next giveaway, and hoping they’ll enjoy it.

Speaking of giveaways, come by my Facebook page to see my latest giveaway with Amy Lillard! I always have a new one pinned to the top of my page. ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s a great chance to win some free books, AND a knitted surprise!

In the meantime, don’t forget about my newest release, on the shelves now!

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Pick it up at a bookstore or Walmart, or on Amazon!

Look what arrived!

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I am always so happy when a new box of books arrives on my doorstep! And this book is just so pretty. It will hit the shelves in June, but I’ll be using these copies for some upcoming giveaways on my Facebook page, so keep an eye out for that!

This is the third book in my Redemption’s Amish Legacies miniseries. This book can stand alone, but for those of you who have been following the miniseries, this is Amos’s story with his estranged wife, Miriam, they’ve all learned to dread. But she’s not so bad… but ten years apart sure seems to grow a story. Sometimes, it takes a praying grandmother to get a stubborn couple to recognize that love actually is enough!

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Can the differences that drove them apartโ€ฆ

ignite a love to make her stay?

When Miriam Lapp arrives unannounced at her estranged husbandโ€™s house, she has no intention of staying. But she canโ€™t walk away when Amosโ€™s ailing grandmother needs a womanโ€™s support. Sheโ€™ll help temporarily, then leave to start her own Amish business. But spending time together makes Miriam and Amos question their past mistakes. Can a once mismatched couple find love ten years later?

Pre-order now!

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Harlequin

A BIG giveaway!

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I have teamed up with twelve other authors for The Amish Hearts and Hearths Giveaway! It’s running April 15-May 15, 2021. And if you take a peek below, there are some big names in Amish romance to be won!

Do you love to sink into a cozy spot and escape into a delightful, heartwarming Amish romance, romantic suspense, or novel? Then this giveaway is for you!
๐Ÿ“š 13 Amazing Authors & 40 Winners
๐ŸŒŸ  1 Grand Prize – All 13 eBooks
 ๐Ÿ’— 39 Prizes – 1 ebook each

ENTER BY 5/15/21:
https://forms.gle/d3quv3GxcwFhBMsp8 
*Read the instructions. U.S only please.

Participating Authors:

  • Amy Clipston
  • Amy Grochowski
  • Charlotte Hubbard
  • Dana R. Lynn
  • Debby Giusti
  • Janice Kay Johnson
  • Kristen McKanagh
  • Laurel Blount
  • Lenora Worth
  • Patricia Johns
  • Rebecca Kertz
  • Shelley Shepard Gray
  • Suzanne Woods Fisher

*Prizes are ebooks unless otherwise noted on the form.

And just so you know, there are two of us who are giving away print books–mine are included in that! ๐Ÿ™‚

Do definitely come by and enter. If you love Amish, this is worth it!

A June Book Bundle

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I’m so looking forward to my June Heartwarming release, Rocky Mountain Baby. This is a story with a very much wanted unexpected pregnancy, a brooding hero who doesn’t know what he needs until it’s right in front of him, and a group of good friends who make everything good seem possible again.

But mine isn’t the only Heartwarming book coming out in June, and you can buy all four of them together in one box set!

These are the heartwarming, family-centred stories you already love from Harlequin Heartwarming–a brand you can trust to deliver every single time!

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Pre-Order Now!