Bibliography

 

Books listed by collection in chronological order

BITTER CREEK NOVELS

 

My New York Times and USA TODAY 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.

  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, Dell, Reissued January 2015
  4. THE PRICE – March 2003 (Hardcover), February 2004 (Mass Market), Dell
  5. THE RIVALS – September 2004, Mass Market, Dell
  6. THE NEXT MRS. BLACKTHORNE – September 2005, Mass Market, Dell
  7. A STRANGER’S GAME – March 2008 (Hardcover), 2009 (Mass Market), Dell
  8. SHATTERED – January 2010, Mass Market, Dell

 

Additional Bitter Creek Novels by Series

 

KING’S BRATS (Contemporary)

 

  1. SINFUL – May 2015, Mass Market, Dell
  2. SHAMELESS – December 2015, Mass Market, Dell
  3. SURRENDER – February 2018, Mass Market, Dell
  4. SULLIVAN’S PROMISE – April 2019, Mass Market, Dell
  5. WINTER MAGIC (novella) – March 2020, ebook and POD, Joan Mertens Johnston, Inc.

 

SISTERS OF THE LONE STAR (Historical)

 

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, Walker Coburn, is half Comanche; and in the third, the hero is Don Cruz Guerrero, a Castilian Spaniard.

 

  1. FRONTIER WOMAN – August 1998, Mass Market, Dell (Reprinted August 7, 2001)
  2. COMANCHE WOMAN – April 1989, Mass Market, Dell (Reprinted November 26, 2002)
  3. TEXAS WOMAN – October 1989, Mass Market, Dell (Reprinted October 2003)

 

CAPTIVE HEARTS (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, Mass Market, Dell
  2. AFTER THE KISS – 1997, Mass Market, Dell
  3. THE BODYGUARD – 1998, Mass Market, Dell (Reissued March 2008)
  4. THE BRIDEGROOM – 1999, Mass Market, Dell (Reissued March 2008)

 

BENEDICT BROTHERS (Contemporary)

 

These tales of modern-day royalty contain both suspense and romance, and feature the Blackthornes and Benedicts.

 

  1. OUTCAST – July 2009, Mass Market, Mira Books
  2. INVINCIBLE – November 2010, Mass Market, Mira Books
  3. UNFORGETTABLE – November 2014, ebook and POD, Joan Mertens Johnston, Inc.
  4. IRRESISTIBLE – Coming Soon!

 

MAIL-ORDER BRIDES (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, Dell
  2. WYOMING BRIDE – January 2013, Mass Market, Dell
  3. MONTANA BRIDE – January 2014, Mass Market, Dell
  4. BLACKTHORNE’S BRIDE – July 2017, Mass Market, Dell

 

UNCONNECTED SINGLE TITLES (Contemporary)

 

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, Mass Market, Avon, Reissued January 2014
  2. HEARTBEAT – September 1997, Mass Market, Avon, Reissued January 2014

 

UNCONNECTED SINGLE TITLES (Historical)

 

If you read NO LONGER A STRANGER, my very first novel, you’ll see that I was destined to write about families. The characters in COLTER’S WIFE, my second book, reappear in my Mail-Order Brides series. If you’re looking for some humor, 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. THE INHERITANCE – 1995, Mass Market, Dell
  2. MAVERICK HEART – 1995, Mass Market, Dell, Reissued December 2017

CONNECTED SINGLE TITLES (Historical)

 

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. NO LONGER A STRANGER – 2005, Pocket Books, Originally Released as A Loving Defiance, February 1985, Tapestry
  2. COLTER’S WIFE – 1985, Pocket Books, Reissued 2003, 2005, 2012
  3. SWEETWATER SEDUCTION – 1991, Dell, Reissued 2004
  4. KID CALHOUN – 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, Mass Market, Dell
  2. MAVERICK HEART – 1995, Mass Market, Dell, Reissued December 2017

 

HAWK’S WAY NOVELS

 

HAWK’S WAY (Short Contemporary Novels)

 

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

  1. HAWK’S WAY: JESSE – 2017, ebook, Harlequin – Originally released as Honey and the Hired Hand,1992, Silhouette Desire
  2. HAWK’S WAY: ADAM – 2017, ebook, Harlequin, Originally released as The Rancher and the Runaway Bride, 1993, Silhouette Desire
  3. HAWK’S WAY: FARON – 2017, ebook, Harlequin, Originally released as The Cowboy and the Princess, 1993, Silhouette Desire
  4. HAWK’S WAY: GARTH – 2017, ebook, Harlequin, Originally released as The Wrangler and the Rich Girl, 1993, Silhouette Desire
  5. HAWK’S WAY: CARTER – 2017, ebook, Harlequin, Originally released as The Cowboy Takes a Wife, 1994, Silhouette Desire
  6. HAWK’S WAY: FALCON – 2017, ebook, Harlequin, Originally released as The Unforgiving Bride, 1994, Silhouette Desire
  7. HAWK’S WAY: CALLEN – 2017, ebook, Harlequin, Originally released as The Headstrong Bride, 1994, Silhouette Desire
  8. HAWK’S WAY: ZACH – 2017, ebook, Harlequin, Originally released as The Disobedient Bride, 1995, Silhouette Desire (RITA nominee)
  9. HAWK’S WAY: BILLY – 2017, ebook, Harlequin, Originally released as The Temporary Groom, 1996, Silhouette Desire
  10. HAWK’S WAY: MAC – 2017, ebook, Harlequin, Originally released as The Virgin Groom, August 1997, Silhouette Desire
  11. HAWK’S WAY: COLT – 2017, ebook, Harlequin, Originally released as The Substitute Groom, August 1998, Silhouette Desire
  12. HAWK’S WAY: SISTERS – 2017, ebook, Harlequin, Originally released in print as Sisters Found, December 2002, Reissue April
    2008, MIRA Books
  13. SISTERS FOUND – 2002, Mass Market, Harlequin
  14. A HAWK’S WAY CHRISTMAS – 1997, ebook

 

OTHER (Short Contemporary Novels)

 

  1. SOMETHING NEW, 2016, ebook and POD, Joan Mertens Johnston, Inc., Originally released as Fit to Be Tied, 1988, Silhouette
    Desire, Famous Firsts Collection, September 2009
  2. MARRIAGE BY THE BOOK – 1989, Mass Market, Silhouette Desire, Reissued August 2016, ebook and POD, Joan Mertens
    Johnston, Inc.
  3. NEVER TEASE A WOLF – 1991, Mass Market, Silhouette Desire, Reissued April 2001, MIRA Books
  4. HAZARD RANCH – 2002, Mass Market, Silhouette Desire, Originally released as A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing, 1991, Silhouette
    Desire
  5. A LITTLE TIME IN TEXAS – 1992, Mass Market, Silhouette Desire

 

HAWK’S WAY (Short Contemporary Collections)

 

  1. TEXAS BRIDES – October 2005, Harlequin, Hardcover (The Rancher and the Runaway Bride/The Bluest Eyes in Texas)
  2. HAWK’S WAY BRIDES – October 2005, Hardcover, Harlequin (The Unforgiving Bride/ The Headstrong Bride/ The Disobedient
    Bride)
  3. HAWK’S WAY: GROOMS – January 2010, Mass Market, Harlequin (The Virgin Groom / The Substitute Groom)
  4. HAWK’S WAY: BACHELORS – 2000, Mass Market, Harlequin (The Rancher and the Runaway Bride/The Cowboy and the Princess
    / The Wrangler and the Rich Girl)
  5. HAWK’S WAY: ROGUES – 2001, Mass Market, Harlequin (Honey and the Hired Hand /The Cowboy Takes a Wife / The Temporary
    Groom)
  6. HAWK’S WAY: FARON & GARTH – January 2010, Mass Market, Harlequin (The Cowboy and the Princess / The Wrangler and
    the Rich Girl)
  7. HAWK’S WAY: CALLEN & ZACH – April 2010, Mass Market, Harlequin (The Headstrong Bride/The Disobedient Bride)
  8. HAWK’S WAY: CARTER & FALCON – January 2011, Mass Market, Harlequin (The Cowboy Takes a Wife/The Unforgiving Bride)
  9. HAWK’S WAY: REBELS – January 2011, Mass Market, Harlequin (The Temporary Groom/The Virgin Groom)

 

OTHER (Short Contemporary Collections)

 

  1. BIG SKY COUNTRY – 2004, Mass Market, Mira Books (Never Tease a Wolf / A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing)

 

ANTHOLOGIES (Historical)

 

  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” and “A Bitter Creek Christmas,” 2015 (eBook and POD)

 

ANTHOLOGIES (Contemporary)

 

  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,” September 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, (Joan Johnston with Robyn Carr, Christina Skye, Rochelle Alers, Maureen Child), “Almost
    Lost,” April 2010, Harlequin
  7. A WOLF IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING (Joan Johnston with Cara Summers), 2011, Harlequin
  8. HOT PURSUIT (Joan Johnston with Anne Stuart, Mallory Rush), “A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing,” 1999, Harlequin
  9. SPOUSE FOR HIRE (Joan Johnston with Kasey Michaels, Lee Magner), “The Cowboy Takes a Wife,” 1999, Silhouette
  10. PREMIERE (Joan Johnston with Sylvia Day, Allison Brennan, Cindy Gerard, Sabrina Jeffries, Laura Kaye, Courtney Milan, Monica
    Murphy, Vicki Lewis Thompson, and more), “Coming Home,” February 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,” November 1997, Silhouette
  3. THE PRICE, March 2003 (Hardcover), February 2004 (Mass Market), Dell
  4. A STRANGER’S GAME, March 2008 (Hardcover), 2009 (Mass Market), Dell

EBOOK ONLY

 

  1. WATCH OUT FOR MY GIRL, 2011 (in print in Thriller 2)
  2. A BITTER CREEK CHRISTMAS (A Bitter Creek Novella), 2013 (Coming soon in POD)
  3. ONE SIMPLE WISH, 2015

 

AUDIOBOOKS

 

  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. OUTLAW’S BRIDE, 2015, Recorded Books
  9. SINFUL, 2015, Recorded Books
  10. SHAMELESS, 2016, Recorded Books
  11. BLACKTHORNE’S BRIDE, 2017, Recorded Books
  12. THE COWBOY, 2017, Audible (read by the author)
  13. THE TEXAN, 2017, Audible (read by the author)
  14. THE LONER, 2017, Audible (read by the author)
  15. MAVERICK HEART, 2017, Audible (read by the author)
  16. SURRENDER, 2018, Recorded Books
  17. HAWK’S WAY: MAC, 2018, Audible (read by the author)
  18. HAWK’S WAY: COLT, 2018, Audible (read by the author)
  19. HAWK’S WAY: SISTERS, 2018, Audible (read by the author)
  20. SHATTERED, 2018, Audible (read by the author)
  21. THE INHERITANCE, 2018, Audible (read by the author)
  22. OUTCAST, 2019, Audible (read by the author)
  23. INVINCIBLE, 2019, Audible (read by the author)
  24. CAPTIVE, November 2019, Audible (British Narrator Pearl Hewitt)
  25. AFTER THE KISS, January 2020, Audible (British Narrator Pearl Hewitt)
  26. THE BODYGUARD, January 2020, Audible (British Narrator Pearl Hewitt)
  27. THE BRIDEGROOM, February 2020, (British Narrator Pearl Hewitt)
  28. HAWK’S WAY: ADAM, Coming Soon, Audible (read by the author)
  29. HAWK’S WAY: FARON, Coming Soon, Audible (read by the author)
  30. HAWK’S WAY: GARTH, Coming Soon, Audible (read by the author)
  31. HAWK’S WAY: JESSE, July 2020, Audible (read by the author)
  32. UNFORGETTABLE, July 2020, Audible (British Narrator Pearl Hewitt)