Joan Johnston


Joan Johnston is the top-ten New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of 57 historical and contemporary novels and novellas with more than 15 million copies of her books in print in 19 languages in 25 countries. Joan has won numerous writing awards including Colorado Romance Writers Writer of the Year, best novel (twice) from the Georgia Romance Writers and a RITA nomination for best short contemporary novel. Joan has written for Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, Harlequin and her current publisher, Penguin Random House, and worked with agents Irene Goodman, Richard Curtis, Denise Marcil, Al Zuckerman, Robert Gottlieb, and Katie Kotchman.

Joan left her job as an Associate Professor at the University of Miami to write full-time. Joan has a B.A. in Theater Arts from Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, Florida, an M.A. in Theatre from the University of Illinois in Urbana, and a J.D. from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law. She worked as a director of theatre, drama critic, newspaper editor, college professor, and attorney at both Hunton & Williams in Richmond, VA, and Squire, Sanders & Dempsey in Miami, FL on her way to becoming a full-time writer.

In order to research her novels, Joan spent six weeks at a cattle station in Australia, traveled to Tahiti, Moorea, and Bora Bora, spent three weeks in Viet Nam, two summers in London, and the fall in Rome, took a course in tracking (humans and animals) from a Deputy Sheriff in the Big Bend, and had lunch with a lot of Texas Rangers and FBI guys.

Joan has has season tickets for the Super Bowl 50 Champion Denver Broncos, plays tennis, and hikes in the nearby Flatirons and Rocky Mountains.

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Something New
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 42,420. Language: English. Published: January 4, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
PROJECT: Tie an old-fashioned hunky guy to a long-legged femme fatale–no touching allowed! OBJECTIVE: Spend 30 temptation-filled days & nights bound to Jenny Smith, proving men can see women as more than sexual objects. Too bad Matt hadn't agreed to be tied to someone less tempting. Would having his perfect sexual fantasy just beyond his grasp leave Matt longing for a happily-ever-after?
Marriage By the Book
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 46,510. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Megan Padget has given up on finding love again. Her children think she should give it one more try so they give her a dating-instruction book for her birthday. Tom Steele can't believe it when his brother and sister-in-law suggest he could use dating advice and give him a book on the subject. After he reads the first chapter, something amazing happens and he keeps reading!
Second Chances - Two Novellas
Price: $3.25 USD. Words: 40,040. Language: English. Published: September 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western
One Simple Wish - Everyone believes their newest resident is a "true lady" and wonders why she's willing to be courted by the local blacksmith. Surely Karl isn't good enough for her. If they knew the truth, Alyssa is sure they wouldn't think she was good enough for him. A Bitter Creek Christmas - Five couples celebrate the holidays at the Bitter Creek ranch while awaiting a long-lost brother.
One Simple Wish - A Novella
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 30,140. Language: English. Published: September 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western
The lady . . . and the blacksmith . . . Everyone in Fredericksburg, Texas, believes their newest resident, Alyssa Moreland, is a "true lady." So they don't understand why she's willing to be courted by the local blacksmith, Karl Eberhardt. Surely, Karl isn't good enough for her. But if folks only knew the truth about her, Alyssa is pretty sure they wouldn't think she was good enough for him!
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 55,150. Language: English. Published: November 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Haunted by war wounds and the woman who left him, Ex-Delta Army Sergeant Joe Warren is a man scarred body and soul. Lady Lydia Benedict yearns for a life of passion and adventure. Joe is Lydia’s only hope, but the hard-hearted Texas soldier and the billionaire British aristocrat find themselves at odds as time runs out. Can people from two such different worlds fulfill each others deepest desires?
A Bitter Creek Christmas
Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 14,780. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Five couples celebrating the holidays at the Bitter Creek Ranch in Texas share stories of their most memorable Christmas gift while awaiting the arrival of a long-lost brother.

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