BigHairRead about the writing of SHAMELESS in this recent USA Today interview. I talk about the writing process, book research and what inspires me. There’s even a 70’s photo of me with big hair! (As you’ll learn in the interview, I married the man!)

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Dear Reader Letter – December 2015

Dear Reader,

Christmas is just around the corner and my house is bursting with holiday cheer! With several dinner parties coming up in December, the table is set and ready for my first group of eight dinner guests.

Book News

SHAMELESS, the sequel to SINFUL, will be out in just a few short weeks on December 29. Here’s what critics are saying:

“Johnston’s tender 10th Bitter Creek contemporary…is a fast-paced, warm, and truly romantic story, and readers will savor the idyllic setting of the beautiful Wyoming countryside.” –Publishers Weekly

“Johnston has a keen eye for quirky circumstances that put her characters, and the reader, through a wringer. Laughing one moment and crying the next, you’ll always have such a great time getting to the happy-ever-after.” –Romance Junkies Reviews

To pre-order your copy of SHAMELESS click here.

Josie’s story, BLACKTHORNE’S BRIDE, the fourth book in my Mail-Order Bride series of Bitter Creek novels, is taking shape. It should be available sometime next year. Be sure to stay in touch with me on Facebook for the earliest news about when it will be available for pre-order.

For a limited time only, SINFUL and OUTCAST are being offered at a deep discount. Get your copy of OUTCAST with its sexy new cover, for just $5.99 for Kindle. SINFUL is available now for Kindle for just $.99 and $6.79 for mass market paperback!


Follow me on Amazon so we can stay in touch! In the meantime, have a wonderful holiday season!

Take care and happy reading,

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Dear Reader Letter – November 2015

Dear Reader,

It’s hard to believe that snow has appeared in my mountain view. With Thanksgiving here, it’s time to set the dinner table and go through my holiday recipes including my all-time favorite, delicious mashed potatoes that you can make a day ahead:

Peel 8 large baking potatoes. Boil, mash, and add ½ stick of butter, 8 ounces of sour cream, and 3 ounces of Philadelphia cream cheese. Mix well and put into a 9″ x 9″ Corning ware baking dish. Dot the top with the remaining 1/2 stick of butter. Sprinkle with paprika and put in the refrigerator overnight. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and bake for 1/2 hour (or until warm) prior to serving.

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Dear Reader Letter – October 2015

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Dear Reader,

Happy Halloween! I couldn’t resist black-and-orange table decorations for my next dinner party, complete with spider web napkin rings and a pumpkin centerpiece. I usually have some way to indicate who sits where at my table. I’ve asked each of my guests to send me a baby / childhood picture to be put in a frame at their place. That’s me in the second grade.

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Dear Reader Letter – September 2015


Dear Reader,

It’s hard to believe another year’s gone by and I’m already celebrating my birthday again! It’s been a great year filled with dinner parties, interesting travel, and new book releases. I feel so fortunate to be able to do what I love and really appreciate your support. You make it easy for me to keep the seat of the pants to the seat of the chair!

I’m so happy to be working on BLACKTHORNE’S BRIDE, and will keep you posted about next year’s release date.

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Dear Reader Letter – August 2015


Dear Reader,

I had a wonderful weekend with Kristen Hargrave of Orlando, FL, winner of my “Girls Only Dinner Party” and weekend trip to Denver. In addition to hosting six local authors at dinner, including 2015 RWA Golden Heart winner Kimberly Buckner, we packed in a few adventures, including a hike in the Flatirons in Boulder, and a day of horseback riding, shopping for homemade taffy, and lunch at Smokin’ Dave’s Barbecue in Estes Park.


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Dear Reader Letter – July 2015


What makes a “Girls Only” dinner party different from one that includes men? It may not be what you’d expect. For example, the guest list for my next party includes a rocket scientist, a former journalist, a psychotherapist, and a New York Times bestselling author. We’ve come a long way baby!

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Dear Reader Letter – May 2015

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Dear Reader,

Hooray! SINFUL, my newest Bitter Creek novel, the first in my King’s Brats series, is #15 on the New York Times and #12 on the Publisher’s Weekly bestseller lists. Thank you so much for your support!

To celebrate, I took a short break from writing while my daughter visited and hosted a “Girls Only!” dinner party with great conversation about travel to Mars, tennis, and romance, of course! (see photo above.)

I’ve finished SHAMELESS, the second book in my King’s Brats series, which will be in stores December 28, 2015 and available for pre-order now. I’m working on the next book in the series, SURRENDER. Having a great time writing in a lot of twists and turns that the characters throw at me.

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Dear Reader Letter – April 2015

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Dear Reader,

I just returned from a research trip to Fredericksburg, Texas, for the “King’s Brats” series and took this photo of the beautiful roadside bluebonnets and Indian paintbrush. I returned home just in time for today’s release of SINFUL, the first book in the series.

My newest Bitter Creek novel begins the modern-day saga of “King’s Brats,” four women in Jackson, Wyoming, who’ve waged a lifelong battle with their closest ranch neighbors, “those awful Flynn boys.” But there’s a fine line between love and hate.

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Dear Reader – March 2015

Dear Reader,

Now that spring has officially arrived, even though there still may be snow on your back porch, who isn’t ready to pick some daffodils? This is how Cowboy Cooper, my daughter’s Schnauzer, welcomed spring. You can see he’s really happy to shed his winter coat!

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