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!

My best kept secret…

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My Second Chance Club miniseries is very close to my heart. I love these stories! They’re about a group of divorced friends who have a dinner club that meets regularly at the Mountain Springs Lodge in Colorado. Set in the Rocky Mountains, perched on the edge of a glacier fed lake, these stories tell about a special group of women as they support each other, encourage each other, and provide the bedrock for getting back on their feet once more.

There is Melanie, who divorced her cheating ex after fifteen years of marriage and after raising his kids from his first marriage for him, thinking that she was sacrificing for a marriage that would last. The problem is, even though her ex is firmly in the past, her heart is still with the kids.

There’s Jen, who came back to her home town with her preteen son in order to open an art gallery, but things aren’t coming together quite the way she hoped. Her son doesn’t want to start fresh in this tiny, mountain town, and he misses his father who is already moving on with a much younger woman.

There is Taryn, delightedly pregnant at thirty-nine with a baby she never expected. She tried for years to become a mother, and only after her divorce, and after a one night stand she hoped to put into the past, does she get her deepest wish. The part that wasn’t part her of her plan? Coming face-to-face with the father of this baby that she’d hoped to never see again.

And there is Angelina, who divorced the Uber-wealthy love of her life after one year of marriage, and since then has grown herself and her career into something truly phenomenal on her own.

The other women in the group include Renata whose husband tried to move his mistress into the house, Belle who used to be a model but it the first one to find the beauty in her friends, and Gayle whose husband came out of the closet after thirty-five years of marriage leaving her wondering what she’d been missing out on all those years that she just assumed were normal.

These women have been through enough, and they aren’t willing to settle for less than real, true, deep love this time around.

These books are probably the best writing I’ve ever done! They have a touch of women’s fiction, a lot of romance, and mature issues and problems that real women face. But can I tell you how hard these books are for me to market? They are probably my best kept secret–and not on purpose, either!

The fourth and final book hits the shelves this December, and I just love this story SO much! Finally, the owner of the Mountain Springs Resort, Angelina Cunningham, gets her Happily Ever After, and I can tell you, when I wrote the end of this one, wrapping up the miniseries, I had tears in my eyes.

I’m going to miss these women!

So without further ado, I want to share my newest cover with you.

Coming December 2021



I hope you’ll pick this one up when it comes out, and the previous three books in the miniseries, too! If you love mature heroines, deep, emotional romance, and the complicated lives of characters you’ll never forget, this miniseries is for you!

ON A PERSONAL NOTE…

Last week, we went to the Bountiful Farmer’s Market, which is local, and we had a great time! But I’d gone there specifically for one store–Page Turners Bookshop. The owner there makes flowers out of old classic books that were falling apart, and I wanted to get some for my desk. Because really, how appropriate is that? 🙂 And I just love them! These are the things that make me happy.

If you’d like to order some of your own, they’re very reasonably priced, and she operates an Etsy shop as well!

I hope you are all enjoying this last bit of summer!

Happy reading!

Dollhouse additions

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To start out with, I wanted to show you a giveaway that is coming up in a few hours. Monday morning, I’m posting a brand new giveaway with Amish author Virginia Wise. This current release, What the Heart Wants, is part of her historical Amish miniseries, and it’s a wonderful view into where the Amish came from, and how they became the peculiar people they are today. And for the first time, I’m including a copy of my upcoming October release, Snowbound with the Amish Bachelor. 🙂

This giveaway will be running August 2-13, 2021. Come by my Facebook page and give me a like so you won’t miss it when it posts!

ON A PERSONAL NOTE…

I have a new addition to one of my dollhouse rooms! I just love miniatures. They’re my little hobby, and looking at tiny perfection just thrills my heart. I can’t explain it. The chess board is a playable game–it’s magnetic so that the pieces don’t fall off. I even have some stationary supplies tucked away in the drawer of the bureau/bookcase. No one else can see them, but I know they’re there.

However, I thought I’d share my newest addition–a cat! Isn’t he adorable. The bird in the cage might not like him much, but I feel like he makes the room so much cozier.

So there you have it–the hobby that entertains me to no end! I hope you are all finding things to entertain you, too.

And as always, happy reading!

Mr. Johns’s Cow

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I have a giveaway already in full swing over on my Facebook page. You’ll always find my newest giveaway pinned to the top of the page so it’s easy for you to find. This one is with the wonderful Mary Alford. If you like your Amish stories with suspense and danger, then she is the one for you! Our giveaway includes a book from each of us, plus a knitted surprise.

I’d also like to give you a quick reminder that if you loved my Love Inspired bestsellers, then I have another miniseries that is on the shelves right now published by Kensington Books called The Infamous Amish. They’re by the same author, with all the Amish goodness! They’re on the shelves in Walmart and if you don’t see them in your bookstore, ask them to order them in for you. That’s how you get more Amish on the shelves! 🙂

ON A PERSONAL NOTE…

Have I ever told you about our cows? Well, my husband originally hails from an African country that really loves cows. Cows are a huge part of their culture. In fact, I even have a cow of my own in his home country! One day, I decided I wanted this plastic cow from the farm supply store to be my inspiration for writing a western story I was working on. So we bought it, and my husband took a picture of it and sent it to his family.

They were so impressed with just how romantic he was. He kept getting messages telling him he was such a fantastic husband, and I was a little bit baffled. I mean, he is a great husband, but I didn’t really think that a plastic cow deserved quite that much praise, you know? That is, until I remembered the meaning behind a cow as a gift in his country. It’s a very deep, very personal gift.

Anyway, I decided to surprise Mr. Johns by buying him a similar plastic cow that looked like the ones in his country with the broad horns, and our son figured that if we were going to have a collection of plastic cows, he should probably have one, too.

And that is how our little herd of plastic cows was born. I love them! They’re a symbol of our family, described in a way that only we’ll really appreciate. But sometimes when you tell someone you love them, you have to do it in a language that is most meaningful to them. For us, it’s through cows.

One of these years, I’m going to buy him a real cow, and we’ll pay to have it housed at a farm somewhere. But shhh. Don’t tell him. That will be a surprise. 😉

I hope you are all enjoying your summer as much as I’m enjoying mine!

Happy reading!

I love UPS!

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I’m always thrilled to get a new box of books, and I got my very first copies of Snowbound with the Amish Bachelor delivered. These are the true large print, so I only get three of them, but soon I’ll get my big box of the regular mass market books soon, and I’ll be including those in some upcoming Facebook giveaways! 🙂 If you don’t already follow me on Facebook, definitely come by and give me a like. We have all sorts of giveaways where I team up with other sweet romance authors to introduce you to some truly fantastic books.

This one hits the shelves everywhere in October, and I can’t wait to share this fourth book in my Redemption’s Amish Legacies miniseries. If you haven’t picked up the other three yet, I hope you’ll snap them up now! These have been very popular with my readers, and have all been on the Publishers Weekly bestseller’s list.

ON A PERSONAL NOTE…

I finally got to drive out and see my very dear friend’s new acreage–and it was just amazing out there! So quiet, and relaxing. Our families get along so well, and that meant that she and I got to sit down and chat face-to-face for the first time in ages.

I took a few pictures so you can see how lovely it is out there!

While I’m catching up with friends and hammering away on my newest book, I hope you are all enjoying your summer!

Happy reading!