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Author: Janice Kay Johnson

RITA award-winning author Janice Kay Johnson has published nearly 100 books for adults and children, including her romantic suspense series Cape Trouble. An eight time finalist for Romance Writers' of America RITA award, she won for Snowbound, one of her popular Harlequin Superromance novels. She sets many of her books in the Pacific Northwest, where she lives. Along with her new Desperation Creek series of romantic suspense books, Johnson has November 2018 title from Harlequin Intrigue.

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Home Deadly Home - A Desperation Creek Novel Book 1

Home Deadly Home
  • Number: B07B4TSPD2
  • Release: 2018-05-01
  • Author: Janice Kay Johnson
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romantic Suspense, #FirstInaSeries
  • Publisher: Independently Published
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Desperation Creek is a new romantic suspense series from RITA award winning and USA Today bestselling author Janice Kay Johnson. Known for delivering stories that combine strong, realistic characters, compelling mysteries and deeply emotional romances, Johnson follows her Cape Trouble series with Home Deadly Home, a gripping tale of murder, love…and the ominous shadow cast by the past.

The eerie voice of a killer…

Desperation Creek winds through stark, high desert country once known for cattle ranching. But a dying way of life means police are spread too thin, empty roads are bordered only by rusting barbed wire fences and sagebrush, and memories of the glory days barely keep desperation at bay.

After her painful childhood spent in Fort Halleck, Oregon, Cassie Ward longed to escape. Yet when her father needs her after he has a stroke, she reluctantly returns to take over the county’s weekly newspaper. An anonymous caller promises her a “real” story if she’ll go see a cattle rancher…who has been brutally murdered. Cassie complies when Sheriff Grant Holcomb demands she hold back horrific details from her reporting, but when the body count rises, she becomes determined to uncover the truth – whether the sheriff likes her involvement or not.

Grant had been grateful to return home after a seventeen year absence. He’s seen too much death overseas and as a big city cop, but times have changed even here. He’s falling in love with a woman who is not only still desperate to escape the town he sees as home, she has a dangerous connection with a madman using her to ensure headlines for his killing spree.

Are the deaths part of a battle for leadership of the revolt against federal control of large swaths of western lands? Or is this killer motivated by long-boiling resentment that overflowed once, like Cassie and Grant, he came home again? And if so, what part will they play in his deadly plan?


Plain Refuge

Plain Refuge
  • 5 Stars
  • Number: 9781488016967
  • Release: 2017-04-01
  • Author: Janice Kay Johnson
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary, * Romance: Inspirational, Amish
  • Publisher: Harlequin Superromance
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He's her only defense…and a frightening temptation 

Rebecca Holt thinks she's doing the right thing when she takes evidence proving her ex-husband is hiding a murder. But after two attempts on her life, she flees with her six-year-old son to rural Missouri, where the pair hide among Amish relatives, dressing "plain." 

County sheriff Daniel Byler was raised Amish, but his protective instincts put him in conflict with his family's beliefs at an early age and he left the faith. Yet this background helps him to recognize Rebecca as someone who is out of place, in danger…and lying to him.


Trigger Words - A Cape Trouble Novel, #5

Trigger Words
  • Number: B01N9QX66L
  • Release: 2017-02-08
  • Author: Janice Kay Johnson
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romantic Suspense, Series: Stands Alone
  • Publisher: Independently Published
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The Cape Trouble series is an original romantic suspense series from RITA-Award-winning author Janice Kay Johnson. Known for delivering stories that combine strong, realistic characters, compelling mysteries and deeply emotional romances, Johnson once again delivers in the latest stand-alone novel in the series Trigger Words.

When words are her only weapon...

Cape Trouble, a tiny Oregon Coast town, was named for the dangerous off-shore reefs. But some of its citizens seek refuge from their own troubles…which have a way of following them.

When crisis negotiator and detective Rebecca Walker launches an investigation into the disappearance of a young mother, her discoveries tear open wounds she’d thought long healed. She must hide her turmoil and doubts, knowing her boss, Lieutenant B.J. “Will” Wilcynski, will yank her from the investigation if he finds out how close to home it strikes. Painfully aware that each passing day lessens the likelihood Mandy Shaw will be found alive, Rebecca fights for evidence to support her gut feeling about the abductor’s identity.

Her lieutenant has his own battles. His forbidden attraction to a woman whose warmth touches even the most troubled people is bad enough. But this isn’t only attraction - she stirs emotions in him he doesn’t understand. And when Rebecca herself becomes the focus of a killer who takes pleasure in taunting her, Will is desperate to keep her safe. His worst nightmare is being helpless to protect her.

Driven to save lives, Rebecca faces an unthinkable choice. Can she bring herself to goad a man to his death?


Whisper of Revenge - A Cape Trouble Novel, #4

Whisper of Revenge
  • Number: B01GT5XHEK
  • Release: 2016-06-15
  • Author: Janice Kay Johnson
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romantic Suspense
  • Publisher: Independently Published
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The Cape Trouble series is an original romantic suspense series from RITA-Award-winning author Janice Kay Johnson. Known for delivering stories that combine strong, realistic characters, compelling mysteries and deeply emotional romances, Johnson once again delivers in the her newest book, Whisper of Revenge.

Loving the wrong man can be a death sentence…

Cape Trouble, a tiny Oregon Coast town, was named for the dangerous off-shore reefs. But some of its citizens seek refuge from their own troubles…which have a way of following them.

Gifts from a secret admirer unsettle bookstore owner and single parent Hannah Moss. She finds herself searching every face, wondering what lies behind that smile, that stare. When renowned artist Elias Burton lends her his support, the gifts become threats. By turning to the wrong man, she’s infuriated her secret admirer…and put herself and her young son in danger. But not until her child is kidnapped does she understand the terrifying price she must pay for loving a man so wounded.

A local celebrity and recluse, Elias Burton has lost every woman who has ever mattered. Because of his past, he fears to reach out to Hannah Moss…but he has never been so tempted. In protecting her, he enrages a sick, angry man who will do anything to make Elias pay over and over again for long-ago wrongs. And what better way to wound Elias than to kill the woman and child he’s dared to love?

The whisper of revenge is all he has to lead him to his enemy…if it’s not already too late.


Twisted Threads - A Cape Trouble Novel, #3

Twisted Threads
  • Number: B011X3QJNY
  • Release: 2015-07-24
  • Author: Janice Kay Johnson
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romantic Suspense
  • Publisher: Independently Published
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The Cape Trouble series is an original romantic suspense series from RITA-Award-winning author Janice Kay Johnson. Known for delivering stories that combine strong, realistic characters, compelling mysteries and deeply emotional romances, Johnson once again delivers in the third book, Twisted Threads.

The faintest creak of the floorboards her only warning…

Cape Trouble, a tiny Oregon Coast town, was named for the dangerous off-shore reefs. But some of its citizens seek refuge from their own troubles…which have a way of following them.

Emily Drake has clung to her solitude for four long years after the tragic death of her husband and child, filling empty days stitching quilts that will be heirlooms for other families, never her own. It takes a terror-filled escape from a midnight intruder to open her eyes. She desperately wants to embrace life again…if death’s next approach isn’t utterly silent.

Detective Sean Holbeck is powerfully drawn to his new neighbor, a woman threatened by an unknown enemy. He’s already investigating a murder that he fears is just the beginning. Until he knows why the victim was chosen, he can’t stop a killer…or protect Emily, who may hold the key to understanding an enraged man set on vengeance.

Dark threads of past and present, guilt and grief and pain, have twisted together until only love and trust might untangle them before a killer strikes again…


See How She Runs - A Cape Trouble Novel, #2

See How She Runs
  • 5 Stars
  • Number: B00QGDV8EC
  • Release: 2014-12-01
  • Author: Janice Kay Johnson
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romantic Suspense
  • Publisher: Independently Published
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When it’s never safe to stop running…

Cape Trouble, a tiny Oregon Coast town, was named for the dangerous off-shore reefs. But some of its citizens seek refuge from their own troubles…which have a way of following them.

One night, in her upscale California restaurant, Naomi Kendrick overheard powerful men plotting a political assassination. To save her life, she made a bargain with the devil…and then ran.

Inevitably, she is found. More than one enemy descends on Cape Trouble to learn her secrets…and silence Naomi once and for all.

Detective Adam Rostov suspects she stabbed his partner to death in her restaurant kitchen. Pursuing her to Cape Trouble, he arrives just in time to rescue her from an assault. He conceals his real purpose in Cape Trouble to stay close to her. Because if he can’t keep her alive, he’ll never find out if she’s innocent or guilty.

Naomi’s instincts scream, Run, but too late, because Adam isn’t about to let her go. Not when he has begun to believe she is a victim and not a killer. Not when she is irresistible bait to draw a contract killer, a corrupt U.S. Congressman, and a crooked federal agent. And not when, despite all common sense, he’s falling in love with the mysterious chef.

Once Naomi discovers Adam too has been hunting her, she must decide. Run and keep running, or trust him to keep her safe? Of course, once he knows her darkest secret, he may no longer want to protect her…


Shroud of Fog - A Cape Trouble Novel, #1

Shroud of Fog
  • 5 Stars
  • Number: B00I68BF3E
  • Release: 2014-02-01
  • Author: Janice Kay Johnson
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romantic Suspense
  • Publisher: Independently Published
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The secrets of the past haunt the present…

Cape Trouble, a tiny Oregon Coast town, was named for the dangerous off-shore reefs. But some of its citizens seek refuge from their own troubles…which have a way of following them.

Sophie Thomsen’s life had a Before and an After – before the terrifying morning when she found her mother dead in the foggy sand dunes, apparently having killed herself. Now, twenty years later, Sophie returns to Cape Trouble, only to find her aunt brutally murdered. Sophie takes over her aunt’s crusade to save the falling-down Misty Beach Resort and its old-growth forest and wild sand dunes and beach from development – even though she never wanted to set foot again on Misty Beach. But Sophie’s memories threaten a killer…who doesn’t dare let her remember too much.

Having come to Cape Trouble to heal his own wounds, Police Chief Daniel Colburn investigates the present day murder, but begins to suspect Sophie’s mother was another murder victim, not a suicide. Everything he learns increases his fear for the woman he is coming to love.

Sophie’s fate may be to die in a shroud of fog, just like her mother before her, unless she can trust Daniel to help her uncover her past in time.


The Christmas Wedding Quilt

The Christmas Wedding Quilt
  • Stars
  • Number: 9780373837816
  • Release: 2013-11-05
  • Authors: Sarah Mayberry, Emilie Richards, Janice Kay Johnson
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary, Collections & Anthologies, Seasonal / Holiday
  • Publisher: Harlequin
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A FAMILY'S GIFT 

When they were young, cousins Ella, Rachel and Jo were always together at their family's lake house. As they grew up, though, they grew apart…until now, as the three must band together to grant a beloved aunt's dying wish: to finish the quilt she began as a gift for her daughter's Christmas wedding. 

Let It Snow by USA TODAY bestselling author Emilie Richards

Searching for vintage quilting fabric, independent Jo is reunited with the man she thought she'd marry—and proves that sometimes the second time's the charm…. 

You Better Watch Out by Janice Kay JohnsoN 

Ella is desperate when the unfinished quilt goes missing in her care. But a cocky lawyer might just help her find it— and find love. 

Nine Ladies Dancing by Sarah Mayberry 

Shy Rachel risks exposing her secret life when she falls for her quilting teacher's seemingly perfect son. 

Together, Jo, Ella and Rachel create a Christmas heirloom that's both a wish and a promise—of happiness, hope and love everlasting.


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