April 18, 2021
Celebrating the release of Blackberry Beach!
Book #7 in my long-running Hope Harbor series, Blackberry Beach, released this month, and for the first time maps of the town are included. As an author, it’s an amazing thrill to see the fictional town you created literally put on the map. I’m so grateful that readers the world over have come to love my little Oregon seaside town as much as I do. To celebrate the release, look what I got—a Hope Harbor T-shirt! How fun is that? If you haven’t yet visited the town where hearts heal…and love blooms, I hope you will soon!
December 6, 2020
A 2020 recap!
It’s been a l-o-n-g time since I posted any news here…not because there hasn’t been any, but I’ve been super busy writing. I do post several times a week on Facebook, though, so please check in there for all my latest updates throughout the year. Despite the turmoil of 2020— especially COVID—lots of good things have happened with my writing. Two new books released: Starfish Pier, Book 7 in my Hope Harbor series, and Point of Danger, Book 1 in my Triple Threat series. Starfish Pier made the ECPA and Library Journal bestseller lists, and Point of Danger not only made the Publishers Weekly and ECPA bestseller lists, it was also named one of the best books of 2020 by Suspense Magazine. Plus, Driftwood Bay (Hope Harbor 6) won both a Carol Award and a Booksellers’ Best Award! Like I said, quite a year. So what’s on tap for 2021? Book 8 in the Hope Harbor series, Blackberry Beach, will release in April, followed in October by Labyrinth of Lies, Book 2 in the Triple Threat series. In addition, after finishing some major editing I’ll be rereleasing two of my older books as Encore Editions. Watch for news on those reissues on my Facebook page! Wishing all of you a blessed, safe and healthy 2021!
November 17, 2019
Hidden Peril Wins Two Awards
Book 2 in my Code of Honor series has had a great 2019! This Publishers Weekly bestseller won both a Booksellers’ Best and a Carol award. The Carol award in particular was very special, as it’s one of the highest honors in Christian fiction.
July 1, 2019
Hope Harbor Novels Go Global
While all of the novels in my Hope Harbor series have been bestsellers in the United States, I’m thrilled to report that they’re also captivating publishers—and readers—worldwide. Translation rights continue to be contracted, and the reach of these books—set in a charming Oregon seaside town—is expanding. Pictured here are Afrikaans, German, Dutch and Polish editions.
May 15, 2019
Booklist Names Against All Odds One of All-Time Top 20 Romantic Suspense Novels
I’m excited to announce that Booklist, the journal of the American Library Association, has named Against All Odds one of the top 20 romantic suspense novels of all time. I’m in stellar company. Two classics—Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier and Nine Coaches Waiting by Mary Stewart—are also on the list. In addition to me, other authors with books designated “Modern Day Masterpieces” include Catherine Coulter, Sandra Brown, Nora Roberts, Karen Rose, Suzanne Brockmann and Jayne Ann Krentz. Published in 2009, Against All Odds—which won a Daphne du Maurier award and a Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award—continues to be a reader favorite.
May 10, 2019
Two Reissues Now Available
The rights for two of my longer contemporary romances reverted to me a few months ago, and I’ve been busy doing an additional polish on them and having new covers designed. I’m thrilled to tell you they’re now available on Amazon, in both e-book and print formats, as Encore Editions (a term I coined for the books I’m reissuing). That Certain Summer was a National Readers’ Choice award finalist, and One Perfect Spring was a Booksellers’ Best finalist. I love, love, love the new covers! Since I republished them myself, I was also able to keep the Kindle price low. You can find more information about them, including an ordering link, here on my website. This is my first venture into self-publishing—but watch for more books in the future!
May 5, 2019
1 Million Book Milestone
I had some exciting news from my publisher last week. My editor called to let me know I've passed the 1,000,000 book milestone with them! This celebration gift was delivered a couple of days later. Revell is the fourth publisher I've worked with during my long career as a novelist, and it's been—and continues to be—a remarkable partnership. My lifetime tally of books sold now stands at 3.5+ million. Many of my novels have also been translated into multiple languages. It’s been an amazing journey!
November 23, 2018
Hidden Peril Is Publishers Weekly Bestseller
The Publishers Weekly latest bestseller list just came out, and I’m excited to share the news that HIDDEN PERIL is #7 in the Religion Fiction category! I’m honored to be on the list with so many wonderful writers—and so appreciative to all the readers who put me there. Thank you!
July 30, 2018
Recent Books Win Awards!
I have some thrilling news to share—both of my 2017 novels won awards during the recent Romance Writers of America national conference in Denver. DANGEROUS ILLUSIONS won a National Readers’ Choice Award and SANDPIPER COVE won a Booksellers’ Best Award. I would have loved to be there in person to accept, but I’m celebrating nonetheless!
July 9, 2018
It’s Time to Sign a New Contract!
I’m excited to announce that I have just signed a multi-book contract with my publisher for a new suspense series and more Hope Harbor books! The new suspense series, titled Triple Threat, will feature three sisters involved in truth-seeking professions who are plunged into dicey situations that lead to danger—and romance. My Code of Honor series will conclude in October 2019, and the three books in the new series will follow in subsequent Octobers. I will also be writing more books set in Hope Harbor—where hearts heal…and love blooms. I’m thrilled that readers love my lovely Oregon seaside town as much as I do. So lots more books will be coming your way in the years ahead!
May 18, 2018
ALL Hope Harbor books hit bestseller list!
WOW! The April CBA bestseller list just posted, and ALL of my Hope Harbor books are on it! Look at this chart! Plus, PELICAN POINT made the top 50 for all books sold—one of only five fiction titles to do so. I am dumbstruck—and so very grateful. Thank you all for loving my little Oregon seaside town as much as I do!
February 24, 2018
Dangerous Illusions Continues Its Bestseller Run
Almost five months after its release, Dangerous Illusions remains on the bestseller list. Readers have been loving this first book in my new Code of Honor series, which features three childhood friends whose bond has been strengthened by time—and danger. After garnering a “top pick” rating by RT Book Reviews, it’s also a finalist for that publication’s Reviewers’ Choice award. Finally, I’m pleased to share with you the cover for Book 2 in the series, Hidden Peril, which will be out next October. There are more thrills ahead!
November 16, 2017
Dangerous Illusions #1 in Suspense!
It’s been quite a gap between news items—but I’ve been busy writing! And I have some great news to share. Dangerous Illusions, which came out October 3, has hit multiple bestseller lists, including Publishers Weekly! I’m excited by them all, but especially thrilled that it’s #1 in suspense on the CBA list. The book has been receiving fantastic reviews, and readers are loving the surprises and twists in this one. Thank you all for buying/reading this first book in my Code of Honor series! And yes, book two does have a name now—Hidden Peril. It will be out next October. In April, I’ll be returning to my lovely Oregon seaside town of Hope Harbor in Pelican Point.
August 31, 2017
Thin Ice Wins Booksellers’ Best Award
I’m thrilled to share the news that Thin Ice has won the national Booksellers’ Best Award in the Inspirational Romance category! The winners were announced during Romance Writers of America’s national conference in Orlando last month. I wasn’t able to attend, so they shipped my award to me—which just arrived. It would have been fun to be at the awards ceremony…but I’m celebrating nonetheless!
May 20, 2017
Bestseller Lists & Contest Finals!
It’s been a while since I posted any news, so I have quite a bit to share. First, Sandpiper Cove has hit both the ECPA and CBA bestseller lists. On the May CBA list, it’s #2 in romance—and it also made the top 50 list of all books sold (fiction and nonfiction), which is thrilling. Very few fiction titles make that list. Thank you to all the readers who put me there! In addition, I learned that Sea Rose Lane is a HOLT medallion finalist, and Thin Ice has finaled for the Booksellers’ Best award.
March 3, 2017
New Suspense Series on Tap
I’m excited to share with you the cover of Book 1 in my upcomingCode of Honor suspense series, which will debut in October. This series revolves around three childhood friends whose bond has been strengthened by time…and danger. In Dangerous Illusions, Trish Bailey is on overload trying to deal with a demanding job, an ailing mother, and a healing heart. When a series of unsettling memory lapses leads to a tragic death—and puts Trish under police scrutiny—her world is once again thrown into turmoil. Detective Colin Flynn isn’t certain what to think of the facts he uncovers during his investigation. Did Trish simply make a terrible mistake, or is there more to the case than meets the eye? As he searches for answers, disturbing information begins to emerge—and if the forces at work are as evil as he suspects, the situation isn’t just dangerous . . . it’s deadly. Hope you enjoy this one, which is full of twists and turns!
January 31, 2017
Tangled Webs Hits CBA Bestseller List for Fourth Consecutive Month
I’ve just learned that the third book in my Men of Valor series, Tangled Webs, has made the CBA bestseller list yet again. This is the book’s fourth consecutive month on the list, which I believe is my longest run yet. Thank you to all the readers who made this happen!
December 28, 2016
Bestseller List News to End the Year
I was thrilled to learn that my two most recent books both made the January 2017 CBA bestseller list, which just came out. Sea Rose Lane came in at #2 in the romance category, and Tangled Webs was #5 in mystery/suspense. What a great Christmas present—and a wonderful way to end the year. As we get ready to launch into 2017, I want to thank all of you who have been loyal readers. Every bestseller list my books make is due to you—and I never take your support for granted. May you and your families have a blessed, healthy and happy new year.
November 28, 2016
Tangled Webs Hits Multiple Bestseller Lists
Thank you to all the readers who have vaulted Tangled Webs onto several leading bestseller lists, including CBA, ECPA, LifeWay and—for only the second time ever in my career—Publishers Weekly. I have much to be thankful for this holiday season…and I count all of you who read my books among my blessings.
October 28, 2016
New Contract and an Update
First, an apology for the long gap between news updates. I lost my mom very suddenly on August 21, and it’s been difficult to get back into the swing of social media. For all of you who heard this news on my Facebook page and offered prayers and condolences, my deepest gratitude. I do want to share some happy news with you today that has brightened my heart and lifted my spirits. The response to my contemporary romance/women's fiction series set in Hope Harbor on the Oregon coast has been so positive that my publisher has asked me to write additional books. I couldn't be more delighted. Here I am signing the new contract. So after Sandpiper Cove, coming in April 2017, I'll be revisiting Hope Harbor for at least two more books. I hope you'll come along with me to this charming seaside village—where hearts heal…and love blooms.
July 28, 2016
Sea Rose Lane Hits Three Bestseller Lists!
I’m excited to announce that Sea Rose Lane has hit three bestseller lists, coming in at #12 on the ECPA July list, #3 on the July LifeWay list, and #3 in romance on the CBA August list. It also made the top 50 list for CBA, which includes both fiction and nonfiction. The latter is a very tough list to crack for fiction; only five novels made the cut. Thank you all so much for making this happen!
June 2, 2016
Celebrating 50 Books with Sea Rose Lane
Last night I threw a party for my family to celebrate the release of my 50th published novel—Sea Rose Lane. What a wonderful evening it was! Many years ago, my parents threw me a surprise 1st book party, and I’m so happy they could share this milestone with me, too. I thought you might enjoy a few photos from the event. Here are shots of my husband and me at home post-party, the family gathered at the party site, the beautifully set table, the dessert, and me with my parents. I wish all the readers who made this moment possible could have shared the evening with me—but you were in my thoughts…with deepest gratitude.
April 22, 2016
RT Career Achievement Award Presented in Las Vegas
I’m just back from Las Vegas, where I accepted the RT Book Reviews 2015 Career Achievement Award in the inspirational category, joining past winners Francine Rivers, Karen Kingsbury, Dee Henderson and other luminaries in that genre. It’s an honor to be in the company of these fabulous writers. Other authors receiving Career Achievement Awards were Janet Evanovich (mystery), Julia Quinn (historical), Lisa Scottoline (suspense), Linda Lael Miller (contemporary) and Carla Neggers (romantic suspense). The Career Achievement award recognizes an author for her entire body of work—and the timing was perfect for me, coinciding with the publication of my 50th novel (Sea Rose Lane, coming June 7). To be recognized in this way by the premier magazine for romance readers was amazing. The glitzy event was followed by a lovely champagne reception that included chocolate-covered strawberries. I’m still coming back down to earth!
March 15, 2016
RT Career Achievement Award Winner!
I’m thrilled to announce that RT Book Reviews, the premier magazine for lovers of romance fiction, has awarded me the 2015 Career Achievement Award in the inspirational category. Unlike most awards, which are for a specific book, this honor recognizes an author’s entire body work—making it extra special. I am honored to join the stellar list of past award recipients in the inspirational category, which includes Francine Rivers, Karen Kingsbury, Dee Henderson, Terri Blackstock, Melody Carlson, Lauraine Snelling, Wanda Brunstetter, Lori Wick, Tracie Peterson and Angela Hunt. The award will be presented next month in Las Vegas at the annual RT convention, and I’ll be traveling there to accept it!
February 12, 2016
It’s Cover Reveal Time!
The cover for Book 3 in my Men of Valor series—Tangled Webs—is now final, and I’m excited to share it with you here. The book will release in early October. Here’s the short synopsis: After a disastrous Middle East mission ends his six-year Army Ranger career, Finn McGregor needs some downtime. A peaceful month in the woods sounds like the perfect way to decompress. But peace isn’t on the agenda once he crosses paths with publishing executive Dana Lewis, a neighbor who is nursing wounds of her own. Someone seems bent on disrupting her stay in the lakeside cabin she inherited from her grandfather. As Finn and Dana work together to discover who is behind the disquieting pranks, the incidents begin to take on a menacing tone. And when it becomes apparent Dana’s foe may have deadly intent, Finn finds himself back in the thick of the action—ready or not.
November 30, 2015
More Books on the Way!
I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve signed a new multi-book contract with my publisher that will keep me busy writing for quite some time. The contract includes a new suspense series that will begin in 2017, after my current Men of Valor series concludes next year, as well as more Hope Harbor books. I’m delighted that readers are loving my little Oregon seaside town where hearts heal…and love blooms. So be watching for many more books from me in the years to come!
October 30, 2015
Sea Rose Lane Cover Revealed
I’m excited to share with you the cover for my next Hope Harbor novel, Sea Rose Lane, which will be out in June 2016. Doesn’t this make you want to take a stroll on the beach? Reader response to Hope Harbor has been so positive that I’ll be writing a number of books set in this charming Oregon seaside town. I invite all of you to come home to Hope Harbor—where hearts heal…and love blooms!
September 28, 2015
Second Chance Summer Wins Carol Award
Although I wasn’t able to attend the Carol Awards gala in Dallas, I’m thrilled to announce that Second Chance Summer won the prestigious Carol Award from American Christian Fiction Writers in the Short Novel category. The win was especially sweet because this book is set in a place that holds many happy childhood memories for me—Jekyll Island, Ga.
August 10, 2015
Watch RITA Award/Hall of Fame Ceremony!
For the first time, Romance Writers of America livestreamed this year’s RITA Award ceremony in New York City. If you’d like to relive the moment with me when Deceived won the RITA award for best inspirational romance and I was inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. Watch the video. My suggestion is to watch the first minute or so to get a feel for the black-tie event, which took place before more than 2,000 industry professionals, then fast forward to the 1:36 mark. Less than half a minute later, you’ll see me!
July 28, 2015
Deceived wins RITA Award—Hall of Fame Has a New Member!
I’ve just returned from New York City, where Deceived won the RITA award for inspirational romance from Romance Writers of America. And there’s more! Because this was my third win in that category, I was also inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame! In the 35 years since the organization began, I am only the sixteenth member to join this exclusive group. All of this happened at a black-tie awards ceremony attended by more than 2,000 industry professionals. Needless to say, it was an amazing milestone in my career!
June 29, 2015
Deceived and Second Chance Summer Are Finalists for Carol Award
I’m thrilled to announce that both Deceived and Second Chance Summer are finalists for the Carol award, given each year by American Christian Fiction Writers. There are three finalists in each category (my books are in Romantic Suspense and Short Novel, respectively). Winners will be announced at the ACFW national conference in September.
May 25, 2015
Deceived Is Finalist for Daphne du Maurier Award
This is definitely award season, and I was thrilled to receive the news that Deceived has finaled for the Daphne du Maurier award for excellence in mystery/suspense writing. Winners will be announced in New York in July at the Romance Writers of America national conference, and with the other awards this book is up for, that promises to be a busy and exciting few days!
May 20, 2015
Deceived & One Perfect Spring Are Finalists for Booksellers Best Award
Both Deceived (Book 3 in my Private Justice series) and One Perfect Spring have been named finalists for the Booksellers Best award. Winners will be announced in New York in July at the Romance Writers of America national conference—so keep your fingers crossed!
May 16, 2015
RT Booklovers Convention Was a Blast!
I just flew to Dallas for my very first appearance at the annual RT Booklovers Convention, where I participated in a multi-author event in the morning and signed copies of Buried Secrets at the Baker Publishing Group chocolate party in the afternoon. It was a whirlwind trip—twenty-four hours total—but I was thrilled to meet so many fabulous readers from all over the world…including one from Iceland, who stood in line to get a copy of my book. Now that’s dedication to romance fiction!
May 4 , 2015
Buried Secrets Hits Two Bestseller Lists
I’m thrilled to announce that Book 1 in my Men of Valor series, Buried Secrets, has hit both the CBA and ECPA bestsellers lists for May. In addition, it was the #3 fiction bestseller for LifeWay stores in April. Reviews have been super, too. Booklist says, “Irresistible characters…an ideal blend of romance and intrigue,” and from Suspense Magazine: “A terrific romantic suspense read…twists that come out of nowhere will keep readers on their toes.” Thanks to everyone who is making this book hit the charts! Here’s a photo of the “Top of the Chart” for LifeWay!
March 26 , 2015
Deceived Is Finalist for RITA Award
This morning I received a thrilling call: Deceived is a finalist for the prestigious RITA award—the “Oscar” of romance fiction—from Romance Writers of America. The winners will be announced in New York in July at a black-tie gala. I have finaled in this contest seven times and won twice…and every single time has been incredible. The judging is rigorous (10 different judges and two rounds before the winners are finally chosen), so just to be among the finalists is truly an honor.
January 27, 2015
Deceived Featured in First for Women Magazine
I was thrilled to see Book 3 in my Private Justice series, Deceived, featured in the February 9 issue of First for Women magazine, which has a circulation of 1.2 million and is seen by more than four million readers! It’s one of seven recommended books in this issue. Here’s what the reviewer had to say: “This Christian thriller energized me! At times, I was convinced I’d solved the puzzle, but then there would be a twist—I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough!” I’m hoping that with this nice write-up and broad exposure, many more readers will discover my books!