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!

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!