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(each series in the order you should read them)


My Bitter Creek novels span many generations, are both contemporary and historical, and feature several families, most notably:  The Blackthornes, the Creeds, the Coburns, the Grayhawks, the Flynns, and the Benedicts.  I’ve also connected my BITTER CREEK series to my HAWK’S WAY contemporary novels, which are listed below.

Contemporary Bitter Creek Novels

1.  The Cowboy – February 2000 Mass Market, Dell Island; Reissued August 2013
2.  The Texan – March 2001 Mass Market, Dell Island, Reissued June 2017
3.  The Loner – April 2002 Mass Market, Reissued January 2015
4.  The Price – March 2003 (hardcover), Mass Market February 2004
5.  The Rivals – September 2004 Mass Market
6.  The Next Mrs. Blackthorne – September 2005 Mass Market
7.  A Stranger’s Game – March 2008 Hardcover / 2009 Mass Market
8.  Shattered – January 2010 Mass Market

Additional Bitter Creek Novels (by series)

Sisters of the Lone Star Series
PREQUEL to THE BITTER CREEK SERIES! These books cover the history of the Republic of Texas from 1836-1846 and introduce the Creeds and Coburns. The three women featured in this series, Sloan, Bayleigh, and Creighton Stewart, were raised by their father as though they were sons, which complicates their efforts to find happiness with a man. The hero in the first book is Texas Ranger Jarrett Creed; in the second, the hero is a half-breed Comanche, Walker Coburn; and in the third, the hero is Don Cruz Guerrero, a Castilian Spaniard.

1. Frontier Woman – August 7, 2001, Dell (Reprint)
2. Comanche Woman – November 26, 2002, Dell (Reprint)
3. Texas Woman – October 2003, Dell (Reprint)

Captive Hearts Series (Historical)
These four books set in Regency England and Scotland, introduce the Blackthornes.  In CAPTIVE the American ward of an English nobleman turns the tables on him and captures his heart. AFTER THE KISS is a beauty and the beast story featuring the younger brother of the hero in THE BODYGUARD. In THE BODYGUARD (no, it’s not connected to the Whitney Houston-Kevin Costner movie) the hero is the Duke of Blackthorne, who gets amnesia and, as a commoner, agrees to become the bodyguard of a woman who has every reason to hate him. In THE BRIDEGROOM, the grown-up twin daughters of the Duke of Blackthorne (who are only ten years old in AFTER THE KISS) find true love in Scotland.

1. Captive – 1996, Dell
2. After the Kiss – 1997, Dell
3. The Bodyguard – 1998, Dell; Reissued March 2008
4. The Bridegroom – 1999, Dell; Reissued March 2008

Benedict Brothers Series (Contemporary)
These novels contain more suspense and feature the Blackthornes and Benedicts.

1. Outcast – July 2009 Mass Market Original
2. Invincible – November 2010 Mass Market Original
3. Unforgettable – November 2014 for Ebook and POD

Mail-Order Brides Series (Historical)
These novels feature the Blackthornes, Creeds, and Grayhawks.  Six orphans from the same family must become mail-order brides to survive.

1. Texas Bride – April 2012 Mass Market
2. Wyoming Bride – January 2013 Mass Market
3. Montana Bride – January 2014 Mass Market
4. Blackthorne’s Bride – July 2017 Mass Market

King’s Brats Series (Contemporary)
This series features two squabbling families—the Grayhawks and the Flynns—but they’re both rich and powerful.

1. Sinful – May 2015 Mass Market
2. Shameless – December 2015 Mass Market
3. Surrender – February 28, 2018 Mass Market
4. Sullivan’s Promise – April 30, 2019 Mass Market
5. Winter Magic – March 2020 Ebook & POD


Contemporary Single Titles (Not Connected Books)
These were my first two full-length contemporary novels, and while they are romances, they deal with very dark subjects.  Read if you dare . . .

1. I Promise – June 1996, Reissued January 2014, Avon
2. Heartbeat – September 1997, Reissued January 2014, Avon

Historical Novels (Not Connected Books)
You can see that I’ve always wanted to write about families if you read NO LONGER A STRANGER, my very first novel. The characters in COLTER’S WIFE, my second book ever, reappear in my Mail-Order Brides series, which I just finished writing. If you’re looking for a laugh, read SWEETWATER SEDUCTION, in which the ranchers’ and farmers’ wives gang up to withhold sex from their husbands until they end a range war.  And KID CALHOUN is my “female outlaw disguised as a man” heroine, something I always wanted to read, and finally decided to write. 

1. No Longer a Stranger – 2005, Pocket Books, Originally Releases as: A Loving Defiance, Feb. 1985, Tapestry
2. Colter’s Wife – 1985, Pocket Books, Reissued 2003, 2005, 2012
3. Sweetwater Seduction – 1991, Dell, 2004 Reprint
4. Kid Calhoun – 1993, Dell

Historical Novels (Connected Books)
THE BAREFOOT BRIDE is a Western mail-order bride story in which each party neglects to tell the other about their children, who aren’t at all happy to become part of a blended family. Patch, a spoiled brat who’s only 12 years old in THE BAREFOOT BRIDE, finally wins Ethan Hawke’s love as a grown-up lady in OUTLAW’S BRIDE.

1. The Barefoot Bride—Jan. 1992, Dell
2. Outlaw’s Bride—Nov. 1993, Dell

Minor British characters in THE INHERITANCE, which features a Texas bounty hunter who becomes a Duke and meets his match in Daisy (a duchess), appear as the major hero and heroine in MAVERICK HEART where a British nobleman has to survive and find love in the rugged American West.

1. The Inheritance—1995, Dell
2. Maverick Heart—1995 , Dell, reissued by Dell December 2017

These twelve Hawk’s Way novels cover several generations of the Whitelaw Family.

Hawk’s Way 

1. Hawk’s Way: Jesse, 2017, HQN – Originally released as Honey and the Hired Hand, 1992, Silhouette Desire
2. Hawk’s Way: Adam, 2017, HQN – Originally released as The Rancher and the Runaway Bride, 1993, Silhouette Desire
3. Hawk’s Way: Faron, 2017, HQN – Originally released as The Cowboy and the Princess, 1993, Silhouette Desire
4. Hawk’s Way: Garth, 2017, HQN – Originally released as The Wrangler and the Rich Girl, 1993, Silhouette Desire
5. Hawk’s Way: Carter, 2017, HQN – Originally released as The Cowboy Takes a Wife, 1994, Silhouette Desire
6. Hawk’s Way: Falcon, 2017, HQN – Originally released as The Unforgiving Bride, 1994, Silhouette Desire
7. Hawk’s Way: Callen, 2017, HQN – Originally released as The Headstrong Bride, 1994, Silhouette Desire
8. Hawk’s Way: Zach, 2017, HQN – Originally released as The Disobedient Bride, 1995, Silhouette Desire (RITA nominee)
9. Hawk’s Way: Billy, 2017, HQN – Originally released as The Temporary Groom, 1996, Silhouette Desire
10. Hawk’s Way: Mac, 2017, HQN – Originally released as The Virgin Groom, August 1997, Silhouette Desire
11. Hawk’s Way: Colt, 2017, HQN – Originally released as The Substitute Groom, August 1998, Silhouette Desire
12. Hawk’s Way: Sisters, 2017, HQN – Originally released as Sisters Found, December 2002, Reissue April 2008, MIRA Books


1. Something New, 2016, Joan Mertens Johnston, Inc. – Originally released as Fit to Be Tied, 1988, Silhouette Desire, Famous Firsts Collection, Sept. 2009
2. Marriage By the Book – 1989, Silhouette Desire – reissued August 2016, Joan Mertens Johnston, Inc.
3. Never Tease a Wolf – 1991, Silhouette Desire, Reissued April 2001, MIRA Books
4. Hazard Ranch, 2002, Silhouette Desire, Originally released as A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing, 1991, Silhouette Desire
5. A Little Time in Texas – 1992, Silhouette Desire


Hawk’s Way 

1. Texas Brides – October 2005, HQN, Hardcover
(The Rancher and the Runaway Bride/The Bluest Eyes in Texas)
2. Hawk’s Way Brides – October 2005, HQN Books – Hardcover
(The Unforgiving Bride/ The Headstrong Bride/ The Disobedient Bride)
3. Hawk’s Way Grooms – January 2010, HQN Books, Mass Market
(The Virgin Groom / The Substitute Groom)
4. Hawk’s Way: Bachelors – 2000, HQN Books, Mass Market
(The Rancher and the Runaway Bride/The Cowboy and the Princess / The Wrangler and the Rich Girl)
5. Hawk’s Way: Rogues – 2001, HQN Books, Mass Market
(Honey and the Hired Hand /The Cowboy Takes a Wife / The Temporary Groom)
6. Hawk’s Way: Faron & Garth – January 2010, HQN Books, Mass Market
(The Cowboy and the Princess / The Wrangler and the Rich Girl)
7. Hawk’s Way: Callen & Zach – April 2010, HQN Books, Mass Market
(The Headstrong Bride/The Disobedient Bride)
8. Hawk’s Way: Carter & Falcon – January 2011, HQN Books, Mass Market
(The Cowboy Takes a Wife/The Unforgiving Bride)
9. Hawk’s Way: Rebels – January 2011, HQN Books, Mass Market
(The Temporary Groom/The Virgin Groom)


1. Big Sky Country – 2004, Mira Books, Mass Market
(Never Tease a Wolf / A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing)



1. Untamed: Maverick Hearts—”One Simple Wish,” 1993 Harlequin
2. To Have and To Hold—”The Man from Wolf Creek,” 1994, Avon
3. A Christmas Together—”The Christmas Baby,” 1994, Avon
4. The Men of Bitter Creek—November 2004, Avon Books
(“The Man from Wolf Creek/The Christmas Baby”—Novella Reprints)
5. Second Chances (Two Novellas) – “One Simple Wish” & “A Bitter Creek Christmas,” 2015 (eBook and POD)


1. Abduction and Seduction (Diana Palmer, Joan Johnston, Rebecca Brandewyne), “The Bluest Eyes in Texas,” March 1995, Harlequin
2. Outlaws and Heroes (Joan Johnston, Dallas Schulze, Mallory Rush), “Taming the Lone Wolf,” Sept. 1995, Harlequin
3. Joan Johnston Bestsellers, “A Little Time in Texas,” “Honey and the Hired Hand,” and “The Rancher & the Runaway Bride,” 1999, Silhouette
4. “Taming the Lone Wolf” (Joan Johnston with Vicki Lewis Thompson), 2001, Harlequin
5. “The Bluest Eyes in Texas” (Joan Johnston with Carolyn Zane) , 2002, Harlequin
6. More Than Words, Volume 6, “Almost Lost,” (Joan Johnston with Robyn Carr, Christina Skye, Rochelle Alers, Maureen Child), April 2010, Harlequin
7. A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing (Joan Johnston with Cara Summers), 2011, Harlequin
8. Hot Pursuit, “A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing” (Joan Johnston with Anne Stuart, Mallory Rush), 1999, Harlequin
9. Spouse for Hire, “The Cowboy Takes a Wife” (Joan Johnston with Kasey Michaels, Lee Magner), 1999, Silhouette
10. Premiere, “Coming Home” (Joan Johnston with Sylvia Day, Allison Brennan, Cindy Gerard, Sabrina Jeffries, Laura Kaye, Courtney Milan, Monica Murphy, Vicki Lewis Thompson, and more), Feb 2015 Romance Writers of America

Hardcover Contemporary

1. Thriller 2: “Watch Out for My Girl,” May 2009, MIRA Books
2. Lone Star Christmas, “A Hawk’s Way Christmas,” Nov. 1997, Silhouette


1. “Watch Out for My Girl,” 2011 (in print in Thriller 2)
2. A Bitter Creek Christmas (A Bitter Creek Novella), 2013
3. One Simple Wish, 2015


1. Never Tease a Wolf, 2001, DH Audio
2. The Price, 2003, Simon and Schuster Audio
3. The Next Mrs. Blackthorne, 2005, Recorded Books (Cassette)
4. A Stranger’s Game, 2008, Audioworks, Simon and Schuster
5. Montana Bride, 2014, Recorded Books
6. Heartbeat, 2014, Recorded Books
7. I Promise, 2014, Recorded Books
8. Sinful, 2015, Recorded Books
9. Shameless, 2016, Recorded Books
10. Blackthorne’s Bride, 2017, Recorded Books
11. The Cowboy, 2017, Audible (read by the author)
12. The Texan, 2017, Audible (read by the author)
13. The Loner, 2017, Audible (read by the author)
14. Maverick Heart, 2017, Audible (read by the author)
15. Surrender, 2018,Recorded Books
16. Hawk’s Way: Mac, 2018, Audible (read by the author)
17. Hawk’s Way: Colt, 2018, Audible (read by the author)
18. Hawk’s Way: Sisters, 2018, Audible (read by the author)
19. Shattered, 2018, Audible (read by the author)
20. The Inheritance, 2018, Audible (read by the author)
21. Outcast, 2019, Audible (read by the author)
22. Invincible, 2019, Audible (read by the author)
23. Captive, Nov. 2019, Audible (British Narrator Pearl Hewitt)
24. After the Kiss, Jan. 2020, Audible (British Narrator Pearl Hewitt)
25. The Bodyguard, Jan. 2020, Audible (British Narrator Pearl Hewitt)
26. The Bridegroom, Feb. 2020, Audible (British Narrator Pearl Hewitt)