Janice Kay Johnson
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About Janice Kay Johnson
Janice Kay Johnson is the author of sixty-plus books for children and adults. Her first four published romance novels were coauthored with her mother Norma Tadlock Johnson, also a writer who has since published mysteries and children's books on her own. These were "sweet" romance novels, the author hastens to add; she isn't sure they'd have felt comfortable coauthoring passionate love scenes!
Janice graduated from Whitman College with a B.A. in history and then received a master's degree in library science from the University of Washington. She was a branch librarian for a public library system until she began selling her own writing.
She has written six novels for young adults and one picture book for the read-aloud crowd. ROSAMUND was the outgrowth of all those hours spent reading to her own daughters, and of her passion for growing old roses. Two more of her favorite books were historical novels WINTER OF THE RAVEN and THE ISLAND SNATCHERS which she wrote for Tor/Forge. The research was pure indulgence for someone who set out intending to be a historian!
Janice is divorced and has raised her two daughters in a small, rural town north of Seattle, Washington. She's an active volunteer and board member for Purrfect Pals, a no-kill cat shelter, and foster kittens often enliven a household that already includes a few more cats than she wants to admit to!
Janice loves writing books about both love and family -- about the way generations connect and the power our earliest experiences have on us throughout life.
In addition to her real name, she has also written under several pseudonyms through the years, including Janice Stevens, Janice Bartlett, Kay Bartlett and Kay Kirby.
Her Superromance novels are frequent finalists for Romance Writers of America RITA awards, and she won the 2008 RITA for Best Contemporary Series Romance for SNOWBOUND.
Visit her online at: www.janicekayjohnson.com.
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She didn’t know her protection had just become his number one priority…
Sheriff Boyd Chaney swore to protect his ex, Melinda McIntosh — even when she doesn’t want it. And with a paroled criminal targeting her, he refuses to let the stubborn cop be next on a psychopath’s revenge list. Officers and their loved ones are being murdered and the danger is closing in — as is their undeniable attraction. But will their resurrected partnership be enough to keep them safe?Mills & Boon Intrigue — Seek thrills. Solve crimes. Justice served.
She saved an undercover agent's life…only to find herself fighting for her own.
Claire Holland is terrified when a kayaking adventure accidentally intercepts a smuggling operation and her friend is gunned down. But before she can escape, Claire witnesses someone shot and fall overboard. Once she pulls him ashore, she discovers undercover DEA agent Adam Taylor is still alive but badly injured. Now they must navigate the dangerous coastal wilderness unseen. But has Claire saved a handsome hero's life... just to find her own in jeopardy?Mills & Boon Intrigue — Seek thrills. Solve crimes. Justice served.
Can she trust a stranger?
The sole survivor of a deliberate plane crash, Maddy Kane has gone from protected witness to roaming target. Badly injured and lost in the wilderness, Maddy is forced to trust the stranger who came to her aid. No mere hiker, Will Gannon is former Delta Force. The battle-scarred medic knows he is Maddy’s only hope in a desperate situation. With survival a long shot, can the two become allies, and maybe more — before it’s too late?Mills & Boon Intrigue – Edge of your seat romances, whodunnit mysteries, get your crime-solving hat on!
She’d faced dangerous situations before…she had no idea what was still to come.
Lindsay Engle became a CPS social worker to improve lives — not get people killed. But after a horrifying string of murders connected to Lindsay’s caseload, Detective Daniel Deperro will do whatever it takes to find the murderer. Lindsay won’t back down from the investigation, even as Daniel fears she’s the next target. But will his twenty-four-hour protection enrage the serial killer further — or expose Daniel’s true feelings for Lindsay?Mills & Boon Intrigue – Edge of your seat romance where true-to-life women and strong, fearless men fight for survival.
Can he help her remember a decades-old crime and escape a killer determined to keep her silent?
Twenty-five years after witnessing the murder of her mother, Gabriella Ortiz returns home to face the past she's repressed since childhood. Detective Jack Cowan is obsessed with solving the cold case and catching the killer who shattered her family - and his. As Gabby's buried memories start to surface, can Jack shield her from a faceless killer who is intent on destroying the future they're hoping to build?
Will he complete his mission before she blows his cover?
When Leah Keaton arrives at her family’s remote mountain resort, a group of armed insurgents are waiting to capture her. After Leah’s failed escape attempt, Spencer Wyatt, the group’s second in command, takes her under his protection. Spencer is an FBI agent deep undercover, and Leah’s presence is disrupting all his best-laid plans. But to keep her safe, he’s willing to risk his mission — and his life.Mills & Boon Intrigue — Seek thrills. Solve crimes. Justice served.
A terrified little girl is the only witness to the murder of her family…
A terrified little girl is the only witness to the murder of her family…and the killer won’t stop until she’s silenced, too. So when army ranger Gabe Decker is asked to protect the orphan and her psychologist, Trina Marr, he doesn’t hesitate. Hidden in a remote cabin, Gabe experiences a taste of family life…something this brawny ranger never dreamed possible. When bullets start flying, Gabe puts everything on the line — and vows to do whatever it takes to protect his family.
Is she a good cop gone bad? If only she could remember...
Even though she's suffering amnesia, injured detective Abby Baker can't believe her sergeant actually thinks she killed her partner. Enter Sheriff Caleb Tanner, tasked with learning Abby's secrets while she hides from a murderer and recuperates at her Amish relative's farm. But the more Tanner digs, the more he's attracted to Abby. And the less convinced he is by the accusations against her...
If the detective was going to protect her, he'd have to get her to let her guard down first.
Helen Boyd had thought that she and her son were safe from her abusive ex-husband. Then she finds a dead woman in her house - a woman who looks a lot like her. Detective Seth Renner suspects that Helen was the intended victim, but soon learns Helen has many secrets. He doesn't know what to believe, except that this woman and child need his care and protection.
Linette Broussard learned the hard way not to depend on anyone else. Seeking a fresh start, she left her native Georgia for rural Oregon to pursue her dream of owning a horse ranch. An escalating series of vicious attacks – and an attempt to steal a foal – lead Linette straight to the man who walked out on her years before.
Detective Jedidiah Dawson has no choice but to face the past that haunts him…and the only woman he ever loved.
Damaged by his years as an army sniper, Jed believes Linette deserves better than him…but with her life and livelihood in danger, he will do anything at all to keep her safe and protect her dream. As he pursues a cattle rustling ring made up of men who have already killed once, he fears the two sets of crimes are linked. Or, worse yet, is Linette being stalked by a man determined to destroy everything and everyone she loves before he teaches her a final lesson?
Jed may be the last man Linette dares to trust, but he’s also her only hope of protection.
All the Lost Little Horses is the second in the Desperation Creek series by USA bestselling and RITA award winning author Janice Kay Johnson.
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?
When gratitude becomes friendship…and something more.
Cole Meacham has only been out of prison a couple of weeks after a ten–year term for a murder he didn't commit. A silent, guarded man, he doesn't know how to start over again now that he's free. Destitute and alone, he's been sleeping in a park. Then Erin Parrish offers him a job plus room and board.
The woman with the haunted eyes seems to be the only person on earth who isn't afraid of him. But she clearly has her own demons, and Cole watches as night after night his new boss and landlord gets in her vehicle and drives…somewhere. It seems she needs his help as much as he needs hers. If only he could be that man she can depend on. And love.