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Dear Reader – June 2014

Dear Reader - June 2014

Dear Reader,

It already feels like summer, even though it doesn’t officially arrive until June 22. I planted flowers from seeds this year, which haven’t come up yet, but I bought a few full-grown violets and petunias to enjoy while I wait for my garden to grow!

I’m delighted to say that those of you who’ve been waiting so patiently (and impatiently) for Lydia’s story, UNFORGETTABLE, the next Benedict Brothers book following INVINCIBLE, will soon be rewarded. UNFORGETTABLE will be available as an e-book—in all formats—on July 1.

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Dear Reader – April 2014

Dear Reader - April 2014

Dear Reader,

Spring has finally sprung! Tulips and daffodils are popping up everywhere, and the song birds are out in full force. Working with my windows flung wide open today, I’m enjoying the soft breeze blowing across my keyboard.

Got some wonderful news this past month! Thanks to you, MONTANA BRIDE is still on the shelves and my publisher had to go back and reprint more copies. I appreciate all your support! I celebrated by taking myself out to dinner—shrimp scampi, salad greens with gorgonzola cheese, walnuts, and beets, and some amazing bread with pesto.

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Dear Reader – March 4, 2014

Dear Reader - March 4, 2014

Dear Readers,

Yippee!!! I’m celebrating the completion of SINFUL, the first book in my “King’s Brats” series of Bitter Creek novels, by heading to Palm Springs to enjoy a few days of watching pros play tennis at the Indian Wells tournament. Tennis is one of the ways I release stress—by whacking balls to the other side of the court. Luckily, I have a place to play indoors, because the weather in Colorado has been cold, cold, cold! But, like Beauty and the Beast, I can see this magnificent sunrise from my back porch. (photo above)

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Dear Reader – January 30, 2014

Dear Reader - January 30, 2014

Dear Reader,

Joan_Rhett_DebbieWhat a wonderful year it has been, and it’s not even February yet! Thanks to all of you, MONTANA BRIDE debuted at #8 on the New York Times paperback bestseller list on January 26. I was fortunate to do a radio interview with Debbie Macomber and Rhett Palmer, “Vero’s Voice,” which may also have contributed to a few of those sales.

My publisher has prepared a wonderful YouTube trailer for MONTANA BRIDE which you might want to check out:


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Reader Letter – January 2014

Reader Letter - January 2014

Dear Reader,

I hope you had a wonderful holiday with family and friends. I hosted a “Last Party of the Holiday” where everyone decorated plates with penguins and other odds and ends. Much fun!

I also spent part of the holiday dog-sitting while my daughter, son-in-law and grandkids vacationed in Trinidad. Who could resist waking up to these two adorable faces every morning? Dash (right) and Cowboy Cooper (left)

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Reader Letter – December 2013

Reader Letter - December 2013

Dear Reader,

ABitterCreekChristmas_265It’s here! My Christmas novella, A Bitter Creek Christmas, is now available from Amazon as an e-book for $1.49. Luckily, you don’t need an e-reader to be able to enjoy it. You can also download it to your phone or tablet. Check out these instructions.

Naturally, I had to celebrate A Bitter Creek Christmas with five couples from your favorite Bitter Creek novels: Summer and Billy, Kate and Wyatt, Owen and Bay, Joss and North, and Libby and Clay. They’ve all come to the ranch at Bitter Creek to enjoy the holiday together and await the arrival of Libby and North’s long-lost brother, Matt Grayhawk. Matt heads the cast of characters in my upcoming Bitter Creek series, “King’s Brats,” which begins with Sinful, coming later next year in paperback. Download your copy of this Bitter Creek Christmas novella now.

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Reader Letter – November 2013

Reader Letter - November 2013

Dear Reader,

The holiday season is upon us! I got a head start on Christmas with this table setting at a dinner party I held on Veteran’s Day. Ended up spending the evening with seven great friends and their spouses or partners whom I met : in a writing critique group, sweep rowing, at a football game, playing tennis, as my “life coach”, at a Halloween party, and at my dinner party. I love entertaining and always listen carefully, because I never know where the idea for my next novel will come from.

Special eBook Price!

Exciting news for those of you who want a holiday bargain. BookBub will feature the first book in my Mail-Order Bride trilogy, TEXAS BRIDE, in eBook format for $1.99 cents (regularly $7.99) from November 8-24. Don’t forget, the third book in the series, MONTANA BRIDE, will be in stores January 7. You can pre-order now. Enjoy!
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Reader Letter – October 2013

Reader Letter - October 2013

Dear Reader,

I can’t believe it’s fall! The aspens are turning gold here in Colorado, and it’s perfect football weather. I recently celebrated my birthday in Seattle, and Debbie Macomber invited me to watch the Seahawks vs. Jaguars game in her box. When I showed up, Debbie was knitting (no surprise!), but she’s been working on this sweater so long, the Seahawks have already changed their colors (to lime green).
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Reader Letter – August 2013

Dear Reader,

So many of you have written to me that you “can’t wait” to read MONTANA BRIDE, the third book in my Mail-Order Bride series, that I’ve decided to have a contest so one lucky winner can read the book three months before it hits the shelves! The contest is being run through my Facebook page. All you have to do is go to www.facebook.com/joanjohnstonauthor and sign up for the contest to be entered. (Here’s the mobile friendly Facebook link: http://bit.ly/172MVYl )

The contest runs from midnight August 7, 2013 to midnight September 7, 2013. The winner will be drawn and announced on my Facebook page within 48 hours of the completion of the contest. The winner will be mailed an autographed copy of the corrected galleys for MONTANA BRIDE along with an autographed copy of the sale cover of the book. Good luck!

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Reader Letter – June 2013

Reader Letter - June 2013

Dear Reader,

flowerpots_150It’s taken a while, but spring has finally sprung in Colorado. I have a couple of pots of flowers on my porch and have added some flowers around the light pole out front. I was all ready to plan some more flowers over the weekend, but I’ll be keeping a better lookout for snakes. Yes, snakes!

snake_100I drove into the garage after my doubles tennis match yesterday (I won!), then came around the car to remove my racquet and bag–and stopped short. A big, fat, sandy-colored snake was coiled not two feet from me. I knew it wasn’t a rattler, because we were so close it would have been rattling, nor did it have a diamond-shaped head. I solved the problem by closing the garage door and shutting it out. The snake was gone by the time I ran around to look from the front door, but I now I know . . . they’re out there!

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