Johnson, Janice Kay, The Perfect Mom

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Johnson, Janice Kay, The Perfect Mum (Under One Roof, Book 2),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2003).

Title:  The Perfect Mum (Under One Roof, Book 2)

Author:  Janice Kay Johnson

Imprint:  Superromance

Issues:  Eating Disorder; Parenthood

Blurb:

Everyone says Kathleen Monroe is perfect—the perfect wife, the perfect hostess, the perfect mother.

But after a lifetime of practice, Kathleen is beginning to wonder if perfectionism is a good thing. After all, it didn’t help her marriage and might just have led to her daughter’s illness. And if those aren’t enough reasons for her to doubt her priorities, then meeting Logan Carr should be.

Logan’s great. He’s kind, patient and nothing like her first husband. But to Kathleen, he’s far from perfect…

Dear Reader,

Kathleen Monroe is at the heart of this trilogy.  After all, she’s the one who bought the old brick house in Seattle where three woman live as they embark on new phases of their lives.

As a writer, I love nothing more than exploring how people react to the greatest stresses I can throw at them.  You notice I say “people,” not “characters.”  That’s because I do try to create people as real as you and me.  Sometimes they’ve done ignoble things but are capable of growth and even sacrifice for their loved ones.  I’d like to believe almost everyone can and will do the same.

Which makes me a romantic, I fear!  So, sure, I’m writing about an angry teenager who is starving herself to death, a woman described by one of her roommates as a “princess” because she is beautiful, charming and spoiled, and a homely cabinetmaker who knows in his heart he isn’t good enough for the “princess.”  Doesn’t sound like a match made in heaven, does it?

But, if, just wait…  If I do say so myself, Logan Carr is one of my all-time most appealing heroes.  Question is, can Kathleen measure up?

Good reading!

Janice Kay Johnson

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Johnson, Janice Kay, More than Neighbors

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Johnson, Janice Kay, More Than Neighbors,  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2015).

Title:  More Than Neighbors

Author:  Janice Kay Johnson

Imprint:  Superromance

Issues:  Asperger’s Syndrome; Autism; Bereavement; Bullying; Grief; Parenthood;

Blurb:

Temptation is so close!

To protect her son, Mark, Ciara Malloy has moved to this rural area in Washington. The new beginning is off to a rocky start, however, when Mark gets too familiar with Gabe Tennert’s horses. It’s obvious their next-door neighbor prefers his solitude. Even so, he shows incredible patience with Mark. And when Gabe turns that intense gaze Ciara’s way…how can she resist such a good, sexy man?

But crossing the line between friends and something more is riskier than Ciara expects. As Gabe pushes for a commitment, she fears revealing the secret truths that could turn him away forever.

Dear Reader,

A friend of mine who was a school counselor said once, “There’s a leper in every classroom.”  I knew immediately what she meant.  There is always at least one child who is shunned, teased, even bullied.  He may be overweight.  She might come to school wearing dirty clothes and smelling because of her home situation.  He could be hyperactive, she could be an easy victim because she cries instead of returning taunt for taunt.  A girl may physically mature much earlier than others, while boys are at risk if they mature too slowly.  Any behavior that is even slightly “off” serves like a red cape to a bull.  It’s a painful phenomenon that says much about human nature.  Fortunately, many of the children who go along with the taunting grow into good people.

Many of the victims mature and learn to fit in – or find the niche in life where they can belong.  As a fiercely protective mother myself, I’ve wondered what I would have done if one of my daughters had been that victim.  Confronted with her helplessness to change the school dynamics, my heroine in More Than Neighbors decides to move far away from their previous school district, and to homeschool.  She believes she can shield her son from all of life’s slings and arrows – which, of course, is impossible.  Her new next-door neighbor is at the top of the list of people most unlikely to get involved in any way.  Fortunately, they’re both facing some big surprises!  And, hey, who doesn’t love the gruff, quiet man suppressing a world of pain who is still incapabale of being unkind?  Trust me, Gabe’s a keeper!

Hope you enjoy getting to know this set of neighbors!

Janice Kay Johnson

Johnson, Janice Kay, To Love a Cop

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Johnson, Janice Kay, To Love a Copy,  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2015).

Title:  To Love a Cop

Author:  Janice Kay Johnson

Imprint:  Superromance

Issues:  Bereavement; Gun Control; Parenthood; Suicide

Blurb:

She’s sworn to protect her heart…

After what Laura Vennetti and her son have been through, she’s avoided all contact with the police. Then her son brings detective Ethan Winter into their lives. Despite how appealing – and gorgeous – he is, it’s safe to say Ethan isn’t her dream man…

Immediately, though, Laura can see how different he is from her late husband. Ethan is thoughtful, considerate and a good influence on her son. Add in the intense attraction between her and Ethan and the temptation to give in is irresistible. To her surprise, Laura feels the wounds of the past healing, making her wonder if she could love this cop forever.

Dear Reader,

Writing this book made me think about being a mother, and how fierce that love is.  My daughters are adults now, and yet I still feel protective of them.  One is involved in international development work-she’s been to Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer and was in Nepal with a small nonprofit-while my older daughter has a high-stress job in the film industry.  It’s not the same as when they were little and I agonized after a friend snubbed one of them, or watched as each headed off solo in a car, newly minted driver’s license in her purse, but I still worry.

My quintessential, and most ridiculous moment as a mother came years ago when we were camping with my parents.  We were about to head into a limestone cavern in Montana when I discovered I was absolutely terrified of going underground.  I mean knee-knocking, gasping panic attack.  I knew I was afraid of heights, but this took me by surprise.  Of course I could have slunk back down the trail to wait for my family to emerge from the caverns.  In a burst of courage, I realized that if my kids were going to die in there, I would be there to die with them.  So I took a deep breath and plunged in, overcoming my fear.

Ridiculous, right?  But there was truth in that moment.  I channel it when I’m writing a heroine like Laura Venetti, whose life has been all about her son since something terrible happened to him.  But what is sexier than a man prepared to take on this boy and love him just as fiercely?

I hope you fall in love with Ethan, just as I did!

Janice Kay Johnson

Johnson, Janice Kay, Snowbound

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Johnson, Janice Kay, Snowbound,  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin Mills & Boon Limited, 2008).

Title:  Snowbound

Author:  Janice Kay Johnson

Imprint:  Superromance

Issues:  PTSD

Blurb:

When a blizzard strands Fiona MacPherson and her students in Oregon’s Cascade Mountains, their only hope of survival is to seek shelter at Thunder Mountain Lodge. Their host is John Fallon, a handsome, enigmatic war veteran haunted by secrets and scars that may never heal.

John Fallon never imagined he’d be playing host to this captivating teacher and her eight teenage charges. But when his solitude is shattered by their arrival, his world shifts on its axis. He needs Fiona–but does she need him? There’s only one way to find out. The ex-soldier must find the courage to reach out to the remarkable woman who has transformed his life…

Dear Reader,

I confess to thinking it’s great fun to tweak classic romance plot – you know, secret baby, marriage of convenience, snowbound hero and heroine…  And I admit to having a special fondness for the snowbound plotline.  There are so few ways, in the modern world, we can isolate two people, trapping them together for days and days as the sexual tension rises to an unbearable level…

But let’s face I, the odds aren’t great, are they?  Every time I read one of those books, I’d think about how, with my luck, I’d be more likely to end up snowbound with a sexy guy and his wife and kids.  Since I write (and love) romance, that’s not a workable scenario.  So what can I throw into the stew to give it an unexpected taste?  Not a baby – newborn babies are a common element in the classic take.  They nap to conveniently, you know, I didn’t want convenient for this book, I wanted inconvenient.  No, what if our heroine were to have a teenager with her?  Ooh, better yet:  what about eight teenagers?

Yes, the plucky heroine is chaperoning a high school trip when in the midst of a blizzard she finds herself snowbound at a Cascade Mountain lodge with eight feuding, funny, sometimes depressed teenagers fro whom she’s responsible – and their reluctant host is a brooding man hiding out from the world after returning from being wounded in Iraq.  Now, there’s a mix!

I hope you have as much fun reading Snowbound as I did writing it.

Best,

Janice Kay Johnson

Johnson, Janice Kay, Revelations

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Johnson, Janice Kay, Revelations,  (Richmond, Surrey:  Mills & Boon, 2004).

Title:  Revelations

Author:  Janice Kay Johnson

Imprint:  Superromance

Issues:  Divorce; Gendered Expectations (Women); Parenthood

Blurb:

Ann Caldwell doesn’t know who she is. She doesn’t really know what she is, either. Growing up, she wanted just one thing — her father’s approval. But she never got it. When she was little she was too much girl and later she wasn’t enough woman. She even became a cop to please him. Now he’s gone and she realizes how empty her life has become. She’d like to fall in love but doesn’t know the first thing about getting a man. Even worse, the one man she wants is her partner, Juan Diaz — who has never looked at her twice.

As Ann struggles to find her way, she discovers a bigger task — figuring out who has begun killing cops. She and Diaz must solve the case before anyone else dies. Is on the job the only place they’re destined to be together?

 

Johnson, Janice Kay, Between Love and Duty

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Johnson, Janice Kay, Between Love and Duty (A Brother’s Word, Book 1),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Mills & Boon, 2013).

Title:  Between Love and Duty (A Brother’s Word, Book 1)

Author:  Janice Kay Johnson

Imprint:  Superromance

Issues:  Child Protection; Prison

Blurb:

There’s a right way, then there’s the wrong way

Nobody knows that better than police captain Duncan MacLachlan. He has served and protected for years without bending to a middle ground he doesn’t believe in. And he’s not about to change. Certainly not for stubborn and sexy court advocate Jane Brooks. Her shades-of-gray view of the world clashes with his black-and-white one.

Then a mission to save an at-risk teen has Jane’s life on the line. Now she and Duncan must join forces despite their differences and the flaring attraction that’s too hot to ignore. It’s Duncan’s toughest challenge yet. Because keeping Jane safe is one thing…and keeping her out of his arms is another.

Dear Reader,

Stories grow from surprising moments.  This trilogy came from an image that lurked in my mind.  I live in a small town where people know how to celebrate the Fourth of July.  Our parade is a big deal, and bagpipers play while marching in kilts.  One particular piper has lingered in my memory.  He was tall, striking, auburn-headed and solemn, a hero if I’ve ever seen one.  One day that not-so-important memory sent up shoots.  I imagined three brothers walking shoulder to shoulder, all playing the bagpipes that are their heritage.

Alas, heroes have minds of their own.  Duncan MacLachlan, the oldest son, declined to play the bagpipe.  He was taught by his father, whom he bitterly resents, and he chooses to reject everything that came from a man he despises.  And, darn him, Conall, the youngest son, feels the same.  Only Niall, the hero of the upcoming book From Father to Son, embraces his Scottish heritage.

Despite his defiance, I fell for Duncan.  He’s a man to whom duty is all.  He sacrificed his dreams when his brothers needed him.  Romantic love is a foreign concept to him, and not one he intends to embrace.  But aren’t responsibility and duty rooted in a deep sense of caring?  And what is caring but a kind o love?  Oh, yes, it turns out that Duncan is quite capable of loving…once he meets a woman strong and fierce enough to defy him, command his respect and gain his trust.  He might have been able to ignore her, if only she didn’t need his protection.  Naturally, Duncan feels it’s his duty to provide it.  And love has everything to do with it.

These brothers, damaged by a painful childhood, are some of my favourite heroes.

Enjoy!

Janice Kay Johnson