The Red Door Inn

Twenty-two years ago my mom introduced me to a TV miniseries about a red-headed orphan from the Canadian maritimes.

Fifteen years ago I read Anne of Green Gables (and the following books by L.M. Montgomery) for the first time.

Five years ago I made my first trip to Prince Edward Island.

Now I’ve written a series set on my favorite place on earth–the red shores of PEI. And I’m so excited to share the cover of book 1, The Red Door Inn, with you!

 Red Door Inn Cover

A bit about The Red Door Inn (available March 1, 2016, which is really only like 9 months away):

Marie Carrington is running from a host of bad memories. Broke and desperate, she’s hoping to find safety and sanctuary on Prince Edward Island, where she reluctantly agrees to help decorate a renovated bed-and-breakfast before it opens for prime tourist season.

Seth Sloane didn’t move three thousand miles to work on his uncle’s B&B so he could babysit a woman with a taste for expensive antiques and a bewildering habit of jumping every time he brushes past her. He came to help restore the old Victorian–and to forget about the fiancée who broke his heart.

The only thing Marie and Seth agree on is that getting the Red Door Inn ready to open in just a couple months will take everything they’ve got. Can these two wounded souls find hope, healing, and perhaps a bit of romance on this beautiful island?

Step into the Red Door Inn, a lovely home away from home tucked along the fabled north shore of Prince Edward Island. It’s a place where the wounded come to heal, the broken find forgiveness, and the lonely find a family. Won’t you stay for the season?


I can’t wait! And I hope you’ll share my glee! Feel free to add to your wishlist, tell a friend, or even pre-order. 🙂

What do you think?

Navy SEAL Noel and Giveaway

It’s fall here in Nashville, which means the weather is changing, the leaves are falling, and I’m celebrating the upcoming release of my brand new book, Navy SEAL Noel! Book 3 in my Men of Valor series from Love Inspired Suspense comes out in December.

To celebrate, I’m giving away 5 copies on Goodreads. Click below to enter, and good luck!

And here’s a little bit more about the book, in case you were wondering! (Readers of A Promise to Protect and SEAL Under Siege will recognize the hero, Willie G.)


Abducted by a drug cartel, scientist Jessalynn McCoy’s orders are simple—release a deadly toxin, or be killed. Trapped with no options, she’s desperate for help…she just never expected it from Will Gumble. The boy who let her down years ago is now a navy SEAL. She trusts his skills, his experience. Yet trusting him is a struggle. Will’s Christmas wish is to heal their damaged relationship and get them to safety. But time is running out and the danger is rising. Any mistake could mean the difference between spending the holidays together or apart forever.


Goodreads Book Giveaway

Navy SEAL Noel by Liz Johnson

Navy SEAL Noel

by Liz Johnson

Giveaway ends October 18, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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ACFW pre-conference mix and mingle

I’m super-late to the party, but Laurie Tomlinson is hosting an ACFW pre-conference mix and mingle before 700 or so Christian fiction writers descend upon St. Louis, MO, in about a week and a half. 🙂 I’m so excited to attend the conference again, and just had to participate. What a fun way to get to know other writers who we’ll see in person in a few days!liz-johnson-author-20

So about me…

Name: Liz Johnson

Location: Nashville, TN

What you write/tagline/trademark: Romantic suspense, and also a dash of historical romance and soon some contemporary romance. Mostly I just write about love and such.

Place in the book world: I’m still looking for a map to figure that out. 🙂 I’m super-grateful to get to write for Love Inspired Suspense and looking forward to a three-book series coming from Revell beginning in 2016. I’m honored to take this journey with my agent, Rachel Kent of Books & Such.

On a scale of hugger to 10-foot-pole, please rate your personal space: Side-hug enthusiast.

The unique talking point that will get you going for hours: Books, Broncos, and bad made-for-TV movies.

Loved ones at home you’ll be missing: My favorite pillow!

Conference goals we can pray for? I really want to be an encouragement to young writers at this conference. I hope God has some divine appointments for me, opportunities to pray with and for others. If can I pray for you, let me know!

One or two ways we can help you build your platform? Yes, please! You can like my Facebook page and sign up for my brand new author newsletter.


Some of the other fabulous writers who will be attending the conference are listed on Laurie’s blog here. If you’re going to be there, be sure to stop by and join the mixer.

See you under the arch…

Summer Reads Giveaway

Summer. It’s a great time for catching up on all the great reads that seem to slip by during the rest of the year.

So what have you been reading this summer? What’s the best book you’ve read in the last few months?

And guess what? July is also my birthday month! In fact, this is my birthday week. So I thought I’d celebrate by giving away some more great summer reads–a copy of the Witness Protection series. Yep. All six books from Love Inspired Suspense continuity series that released between January and June of this year. (The third in the series happens to be my last release, Stolen Memories.)

Enter here for a chance to win, and good luck!

Happy reading!

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Meet Me at the Library

Hi all,

I’ll be speaking at the Portland Public Library in Portland, TN on Saturday, November 16th at 11:00am. I’ll offer a few tips and a bit of encouragement for those in the middle of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) as well as answer your questions about writing and publishing.

If you’re in the area (just north of Nashville), I hope you’ll join me! It’ll be fun. Plus there will be books and maybe even a giveaway or two!!! 🙂 Hope to see you there.

The details are all on my appearances page and my Facebook page. If you haven’t liked my Facebook author page yet, I’d love it if you’d stop by and follow me there, too!

Happy reading (and writing), friends!

Seal Under Siege – The first chapter

I’m so excited about my new release SEAL Under Siege, book 2 in the Men of Valor series. (Even if you missed A Promise to Protect, the first in the series, you’ll still be able to enjoy this book.) It’s filled with some of my favorite things, like all my sister’s pregnancy quirks, which found their way into one of the characters. And Tristan has to be one of my favorite characters.

SEAL Under Siege

Here’s a little more about the book:

When Staci Hayes is rescued from a Mideast prison by navy SEAL Tristan Sawyer, she thinks the ordeal is over. But back in San Diego, a new threat arises. Staci has information that could prevent a hit on U.S. soil, and the terrorist will stop at nothing to silence her. Tristan insists on being her bodyguard, but his constant presence makes her long for things beyond her reach. Protecting Staci is the second chance Tristan needs to put the past behind him. Yet with a spy on the naval base, anyone could be a threat. Can he offer her safety…and love?

I’m offering my blog readers an opportunity to read the first chapter free. Just click here. Feel free to leave me a comment if you read it. Let me know what you think.

Hope you enjoy!

A Return to A Log Cabin Christmas

In honor of the re-release of A Log Cabin Christmas Collection this month from Barbour Publishing, I’m sharing some of my favorite pictures from Carnton Plantation, the real-life field hospital that is mentioned in my story A Star in the Night.

In August 2010, nearly a month after I originially submitted my proposal for this story, I made my mom join me for a tour of the old plantation and the grounds.

The tour of the house was incredible. Here are a few pictures of the house, Confederate cemetery, and grounds.






Confession. I went back to Carnton in November of that same year, and I got so lost up in imagining what it would be like to to have lived there, to have survived the war, that I nearly missed the last guided tour of the day. Oops! But wouldn’t you get lost in those enormous trees and open fields?

The real history of Carnton is amazing, and Carrie McGavock, the mistress of the plantation, who opened her home to injured soldiers from both the North and the South, was an incredible woman. You can read all about the history of Carnton and the McGavock family here.

If you’re ever in Middle Tennessee, I hope you’ll stop by and visit this old home filled with history. Until then, enjoy A Log Cabin Christmas Collection. And don’t forget to enter the big giveaway this week at Jane Kirkpatrick’s blog.

A Log Cabin Christmas Giveaway

As I mentioned last week, the nine authors of A Log Cabin Christmas Collection have joined forces for a mega-Christmas giveaway.

Up for grabs is everything you see pictured here, plus a copy of A Log Cabin Christmas Collection, signed by all 9 authors.


The more times you enter, the greater your chances are of winning! Entering is so easy. Just visit Jane Kirkpatrick’s blog here and use the easy Rafflecopter entry system. Good luck!



Seven Reasons September Rocks!

I LOVE September. For many, many reasons. And this September is even better than usual. Here are 7 reasons this September rocks!

1. My brand new book, SEAL Under Siege, released this week. It’s now for sale all over. And there’s just nothing quite like seeing your book on a bookstore shelf. Next week, I’ll post the first chapter, just to tease you. 🙂 For now, I’ll just say how grateful I am for the very kind reviews so far for this book.

SEAL Under Siege
2. September means the annual ACFW conference, which, for me, is always equal parts stress and excitement. It takes a lot to prepare for the conference. There are proposals to polish, one-sheets to create, and pitches to perfect. But there are also so many wonderful friends to see and favorite authors to stalk chat with. That means you, Karen Witemeyer and Jenny B. Jones. (Seriously, these ladies are lovely and such talented writers, and I adore them.) It also means I get to catch up with some of my favorite folks from the Christian publishing industry.

3. September brings the return of fall weather. At least theoretically. Nashville is trying to prove this wrong this year.

4. Football. ‘Nuff said. Also Peyton Manning and Eli Manning. (Okay, now I’m done.)

5. Barbour Publishing is re-releasing A Log Cabin Christmas Collection, which includes my novella, A Star in the Night. This New York Times bestseller has been a favorite for the last few years, and all nine authors joined together for a fun giveaway starting next week. More details coming on that soon, but here’s a picture of all the great stuff that’s up for grabs.


6. My friend, Ruth, has a birthday this month. I adore celebrating birthdays. Even more so when it’s such a great friend.

7. September means the start of the new TV season. I’m looking forward to Castle and the final season of How I Met Your Mother, plus some new shows like Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

What do you love about September?

Follow the Heart by Kaye Dacus

Hi friends,
I’ve been conspicuously absent of late mostly because I’ve been on deadline. I know, it’s no excuse, and I won’t have a new book for you to read until September, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some great new books coming out this summer. I’m super-Kaye Dacusthrilled to introduce you to my good friend Kaye Dacus and her new book Follow the Heart.

Kaye and I get together to write every week, so I’ve been hearing about this book for months, and, you know what? It’s fabulous! (And I’m not just saying that because my name appears on the dedication page.) 🙂

Here’s a bit about the story:
Kate and Christopher Dearing’s lives turn upside down when their father loses everything in a railroad land speculation. The siblings are shipped off to their mother’s brother in England with one edict: marry money.

At twenty-seven years old, Kate has the stigma of being passed over by eligible men many times—and that was before she had no dowry. Christopher would like nothing better than to make his own way in the world; and with a law degree and expertise in the burgeoning railroad industry, he was primed to do just that—in America.

Though their uncle tries to ensure Kate and Christopher find matrimonial prospects only among the highest echelon of British society, their attentions stray to a gardener and a governess.

While Christopher has options that would enable him to lay his affections where he chooses, he cannot let the burden of their family’s finances crush his sister. Trying to push her feelings for the handsome—but not wealthy— gardener aside, Kate’s prospects brighten when a wealthy viscount shows interest in her. But is marrying for the financial security of her family the right thing to do, when her heart is telling her she’s making a mistake?

Mandates . . . money . Follow the Heart. . matrimony. Who will follow the heart?


Kaye was kind enough to answer a few questions about the book (the first in The Great Exhibition Series). So here you go:

Where did the idea come from for Follow the Heart?
In 2001, I watched Victoria & Albert on A&E and fell in love with the love story of these two monarchs of England. But that wasn’t the only thing I took away from it. I was also fascinated by the scenes which portrayed the planning and opening of Prince Albert’s Great Exhibition in 1851. Then, a few years later, I watched another mini-series: North & South. No, not the one about the American Civil War, the one based on the classic, but little-known, novel by Elizabeth Gaskell. It also has a scene that takes place at the Great Exhibition. Once I saw that, I was hooked—on the era and on the event.

How did you choose your characters’ names?
Funny story . . . Kate’s name was originally Meg and her maid’s name was Joan. [This is Liz: I read that one, too!] Until I picked up a book by a writer friend and discovered those two names (as heroine and her maid, no less!) on the first page. So I went back to my original story idea and the images of the actress who’s the template for the character.  And almost as soon as I did, I heard her voice very distinctly in my head: My name is KATE. But rich men don’t marry Kates. They marry Katharines. So I changed her name and nickname to Katharine/Kate (Katharine spelled with an A in the middle in honor of my favorite actress Katharine Hepburn.) Andrew is a name I’ve always loved and wanted to use, and it suited this landscape architect perfectly.

Why did you choose to set the story in Oxford, instead of London where the Great Exhibition was held?
I read at least three or four British-set historical romances each month—and without fail, the majority of them are set in London. It’s a setting that has become over-exposed. Also, with a landscape architect as my main hero, I needed the action to take place at a country house, not in the city. By the 1850s, Oxford was a large enough city to have railway service to all of the other major cities, but still quaint/small enough to give the small-town feel that I love to use in my stories. Plus, there was a lot of chaos happening in London in early 1851 due to the final preparations for the Great Exhibition, and I felt like that could overwhelm what I wanted my story and settings to be.

What was your favorite book as a child?
I loved the Little House on the Prairie books (still have the original yellow-cover copies from childhood). As a ’tween, I discovered the Sunfire YA romances, and I was hooked!

Any advice for aspiring novelists?
The best advice I got when I first started getting serious about learning the craft and pursuing publication: Above all else, FINISH YOUR FIRST DRAFT! You can fix anything but a blank page. The most important thing is to get your entire story down on paper before you start worrying about all of the technical craft things and stressing yourself out about “making it perfect.” Just write.

Thanks, Kaye!

If you love a heartwarming regency tale, be sure to check out Kaye’s Follow the Heart–available on May 1st at bookstores everywhere including amazon, Barnes and Noble, LifeWay Christian Stores, and more!