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!

Another Cover!

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I absolutely LOVE doing cover reveals, because the day an author gets her cover is incredibly exciting! I never know exactly what I’ll get, but the cover artists never disappoint.

This time, I get to share the brand new cover for LOVING LOVINA, the third book in my INFAMOUS AMISH miniseries. So many readers have been asking me about Lovina’s story, and this is it! 🙂 LOVING LOVINA hits the shelves March 2022.

I don’t want to say too much about this story yet, because if you haven’t read THE PREACHER’S SON or THE PREACHER’S DAUGHTER yet, I don’t want to ruin anything for you! 😉 But I will definitely be giving you more info closer to the release!

ON A PERSONAL NOTE

Mr. Johns had some vacation time, and we got out as a family to do a few things. One of our favourite places, which is now open again, is called Fort Edmonton Park. We took our son with us and went for a wander through it. It’s a historic park that takes you through almost 500 years of history from our area.

We got some pictures! Our son took this one, and I love it!

And this one was taken by my husband–which you might be able to guess by the way I’m smiling. 🙂

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

Happy reading!

Ridiculous Canadian Heat

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Look what arrived on my doorstep! These are my author copies of a double digest that includes a re-release of my book, The Nanny’s Amish Family, as well as a previously released book by the lovely Carrie Lighte. It will be hitting the shelves everywhere in September this year, so I hope you’ll pick up a copy! It’s a great way to experience one of my books along side another truly gifted writer. I’m so honoured when my book is chosen for a re-release!

I’m including this book in a brand new giveaway that will be posting on my Facebook page the morning of Monday, July 5, 2021. I’m teaming up with Tracey J. Lyons, and if you haven’t discovered her yet, you want to. 🙂 You’ll find the giveaway pinned to the top of my Facebook page when I do post it, so if you nip over there and don’t see it yet, just give me a few hours. It’ll be there!

ON A PERSONAL NOTE

We’ve had a big heatwave through Western Canada, and our family has been doing whatever we could to stay cool. It was near 40C/104F, which is just unheard of for us! We didn’t have it as bad as British Columbia did, though. They had a town that saw 50C/122F, and it burned to the ground. We’ve never seen heat like this before.

I got some advice from readers who live in the southern states who are much more used to this kind of heat, so that was very helpful! Our air conditioners were really struggling, so we shut the blinds to keep the heat out, drank a lot of iced tea, and did our best to keep from using the stove.

And then, we finally got some rain! What a wild relief that was! The clouds rolled in at sunset, and I snapped some pictures of the gorgeous sunset that came with them. I thought you might enjoy them.

I hope you are all doing well, staying cool, and enjoying your summer!

Happy reading!

Cover Reveal!

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Have you read all of my Redemption’s Amish Legacies stories? They are published through Love Inspired books, and I’m just so proud of this miniseries! Every single one of them has hit the Publisher’s Weekly bestsellers list, which is such a dream come true for an author. I’m so glad they are resonating with my readers–there is no better feeling! And I’m eternally grateful for all of you!

Well, the fourth book is my next release, hitting the shelves wherever books are sold this October!

And I haven’t shown you the cover yet, have I?

Without further ado, here it is: Snowbound With the Amish Bachelor.

Will she go home

when the snow stops falling?

For social worker Grace Schweitzer, arriving at Ben Hochstetler’s farm to pick up an abandoned baby feels like stepping into her past—especially after a blizzard forces her to stay. Helping on the farm reminds Grace of her Amish upbringing…and the reason she left. She’s losing her heart to Ben and the faith she once held dear, but has she changed too much to return to this life?

Hitting the shelves October 2021!

ON A PERSONAL NOTE…

My first raspberry was ready for picking from my little balcony garden. I don’t have a lot of space for gardening, but I do look forward to having a few plants on my balcony each year, and I make a point of making a few things edible. I’m convinced it’s good for our son to know where food comes from in a more than theoretical sense, and it’s remarkably therapeutic to water my plants on a cool summer morning and harvest a single berry at a time.

That raspberry was delicious!

I hope you are all enjoying your summer!

Happy reading!

Amish Bad Boys and a Soggy Bird

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A FIRST IN HARLEQUIN HEARTWARMING!

Life in the Johns’s home has been busy! I’ve been writing hard on a Heartwarming story that will be the very first to feature Amish elements. That’s really exciting for me! I’ll give you more information about that book when I have it, but I have finished the manuscript and handed it in… It will be releasing in March 2022.

AMISH BAD BOYS

I’m so excited about the bestselling status of WIFE ON HIS DOORSTEP, but don’t forget that I also have another Amish romance out this month called THE PREACHER’S DAUGHTER! And I absolutely love this story about an Amish bad boy come home. He’s tough, he’s damaged, and he loves harder than any man she’s ever known… If you haven’t picked up a copy yet, please do! I think you’ll enjoy it, too!



ON A PERSONAL NOTE…

I snapped a few pictures of our parrot taking a bath, and I think he’s just the cutest little guy ever! His name is Pichu, but he prefers to be called Baby. In fact, when we first got him, he used to correct me when I called him Pichu. He’s very smart! And that beak is very powerful… I think he’s absolutely adorable when he’s soaking wet, so I tucked the pictures away to share with all of you.

I hope you are all enjoying your summer!

Don’t forget to come by my Facebook page if you’d like to connect with me, or enter to win one of my giveaways. I have a brand new giveaway posted right now! (You’ll find it pinned to the top of my Facebook page.)

Happy reading!

Have you tried it?

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Publisher’s Weekly AGAIN!
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I’m just thrilled that WIFE ON HIS DOORSTEP hit the Publisher’s Weekly bestsellers list for a second time in a row this week! This is the first time that one of my books has hit the list two weeks in a row, and I’m feeling pretty excited! Last week, I came in at #18, and this week I made the list at #22.

I’m ever so grateful for each and every one of you who ran out and picked up a copy. It will be on the shelves all month, so if you haven’t gotten yours yet, you still have some time!

Have you tried…

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For those of you who have already picked up a copy of WIFE ON HIS DOORSTEP and loved it, have you tried my Infamous Amish miniseries published by Kensington Books?

THE PREACHER’S DAUGHTER is the second book in my Infamous Amish miniseries, where an Amish family has their faith in their community tested when their father is arrested for fraud. Is there any way to find love and marriage when your family name is ruined?

THE PREACHER’S DAUGHTER is on the shelves in Walmart and wherever books are sold! If your local bookstore doesn’t stock Amish, order it in! The more a bookstore sees a particular genre requested, the more likely they are to start stocking it for you. 🙂

On a personal note…

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I’ve been determined to figure out how to make some beautiful knitted bookmarks…but it did take a few tries! So in my spare time, I’ve been doing a lot of knitting and visiting the local Michael’s craft store for supplies.

We’ve had some cool weather this week with lots of rain, so it has been been the perfect rainy day activity after my writing is done.

And I finally figured out some knitted bookmarks that I’m really happy with! I’ll be including them in giveaways. 🙂 They are made with really thin yarn, and they flatten very nicely. I’m using one in the book I’m reading right now, and it’s just such a pretty way to keep my place. And I thought my readers might feel the same!

So they are coming to you soon in giveaway form–for the lucky ones who win on my Facebook giveaways! You can find them on my Facebook page. The newest giveaway is always pinned to the top of the page. If you don’t see one pinned to the top, give me a Like and wait two or three days. Another one will be posted soon. 🙂

(The next giveaway I post will be on June 18, 2021.)

Happy reading!

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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. ❤ 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! 🙂

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! 🙂

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! 🙂

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. ❤

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!