Joan Johnston
Joan Johnston is an American author of contemporary and historical romance novels. She writes the Hawk’s Way, Captive Heart, Bitter Creek, Benedict Brothers and many other series. Joan grew up the daughter of an Air Force sergeant and a music teacher. She earned her B.A. from Jacksonville University and her M.A. from the University of Illinois, Urbana – both in theatre. Joan then got her law degree with honours from the University of Texas and served as an attorney for five years. She has also worked as a newspaper editor and drama critic and as a college professor. Joan is a member of the Authors Guild, Novelists, Inc., Romance Writers of America and Florida Romance Writers. She splits her time between Colorado and Florida and has two children and a grandchild.

Joan Johnston became a published author in 1988 with the novel Frontier Woman, beginning her Sisters of the Lone Star Trilogy. Below is a list of Joan Johnston’s books in order of when they were first published:

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Publication Order of Sisters Of The Lone Star Books

Publication Order of Wolf Books

A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing / Hazard Ranch (1991)Description / Buy at
Never Tease a Wolf (1991)Description / Buy at
Big Sky Country (2004)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Mail-Order Brides Books

The Barefoot Bride (1991)Description / Buy at
Outlaw's Bride (1993)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Hawk's Way Books

A Little Time in Texas / Dallas (1992)Description / Buy at
Honey and the Hired Hand / Jesse (1992)Description / Buy at
The Rancher and the Runaway Bride / Adam (1993)Description / Buy at
The Cowboy and the Princess / Faron (1993)Description / Buy at
The Wrangler and the Rich Girl / Garth (1993)Description / Buy at
The Cowboy Takes a Wife / Carter (1994)Description / Buy at
The Unforgiving Bride / Falcon (1994)Description / Buy at
The Headstrong Bride / Callen (1994)Description / Buy at
The Disobedient Bride / Zach (1995)Description / Buy at
The Temporary Groom / Billy (1996)Description / Buy at
The Virgin Groom / Mac (1997)Description / Buy at
The Substitute Groom / Colt (1998)Description / Buy at
Sisters Found / Sisters / Breathless Seduction (2002)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Frontier Brides Books

The Inheritance (1995)Description / Buy at
Maverick Heart (1995)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Captive Hearts Books

Publication Order of Bitter Creek Books

Publication Order of Bitter Creek: Mail-Order Bride Books

Texas Bride (2012)Description / Buy at
Wyoming Bride (2012)Description / Buy at
Montana Bride (2013)Description / Buy at
Blackthorne's Bride (2017)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Bitter Creek Collections

The Men of Bitter Creek (2019)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Benedict Brothers Books

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

A Loving Defiance (1985)Description / Buy at
Colter's Wife (1986)Description / Buy at
Fit to Be Tied / Something New (1988)Description / Buy at
Marriage by the Book (1989)Description / Buy at
Sweetwater Seduction (1990)Description / Buy at
Kid Calhoun (1993)Description / Buy at
I Promise (1996)Description / Buy at
Heartbeat (1997)Description / Buy at
No Longer a Stranger (2005)Description / Buy at
Taming the Lone Wolf (2015)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

One Simple Wish (1993)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

To Have and to Hold (1994)Description / Buy at
A Christmas Together (1994)Description / Buy at
Outlaws and Heroes (1995)Description / Buy at
Breathing In (1997)Description / Buy at
Hot Pursuit (1999)Description / Buy at
Spouse for Hire (1999)Description / Buy at
Under the Mistletoe (2006)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Men at Work Books

Captive of Fate (By: Lindsay McKenna) (1983)Description / Buy at
The Perfect Match (By: Ginna Gray) (1984)Description / Buy at
A Season for Butterflies (By: Laurie Paige) (1985)Description / Buy at
Undercover (By: Jasmine Cresswell) (1986)Description / Buy at
Sound Of Summer (By: Annette Broadrick) (1986)Description / Buy at
MacKenzie's Lady (By: Dallas Schulze) (1986)Description / Buy at
A Fragile Beauty (By: Lucy Gordon) (1987)Description / Buy at
The Heart Club (By: Maggie Osborne) (1987)Description / Buy at
Playing for Time (By: Barbara Bretton) (1987)Description / Buy at
Something Worth Keeping (By: Kathleen Eagle) (1987)Description / Buy at
Windstorm (By: Katherine Sutcliffe) (1987)Description / Buy at
Silver Noose (By: Patricia Gardner Evans) (1988)Description / Buy at
Something New (1988)Description / Buy at
A Classic Encounter (By: Emilie Richards) (1988)Description / Buy at
Healing Sympathy (By: Gina Wilkins) (1988)Description / Buy at
Healing Sympathy (By: Gina Wilkins,Gina Ferris) (1988)Description / Buy at
Knight Sparks (By: Mary Lynn Baxter) (1988)Description / Buy at
All My Tomorrows (By: Karen Young) (1988)Description / Buy at
Hoodwinked (By: Diana Palmer) (1989)Description / Buy at
Glass Houses (By: Anne Stuart) (1989)Description / Buy at
Miss Liz's Passion (By: Sherryl Woods) (1989)Description / Buy at
Night of the Hunter (By: Jennifer Greene) (1989)Description / Buy at
Expiration Date (By: Aimée Thurlo) (1989)Description / Buy at
Destinations South (By: Elizabeth Bevarly) (1989)Description / Buy at
Fear Familiar (By: Caroline Burnes) (1989)Description / Buy at
Confidentially Yours (By: Helen R. Myers) (1989)Description / Buy at
Could It Be Magic (By: Gina Wilkins) (1989)Description / Buy at
Magic & Moonbeams (By: Margot Dalton) (1990)Description / Buy at
Handsome Devil (By: Joan Hohl) (1990)Description / Buy at
Body and Soul (By: Janice Kaiser) (1990)Description / Buy at
Hotshot (By: Kathleen Korbel) (1990)Description / Buy at
Stormwalker (By: Bronwyn Williams) (1990)Description / Buy at
Angel Vs. Maclean (By: Cait London) (1990)Description / Buy at
It's Only Temporary (By: Cathy Gillen Thacker) (1990)Description / Buy at
The Forever Rose (By: Curtiss Matlock) (1990)Description / Buy at
Dillon After Dark (By: Leandra Logan) (1991)Description / Buy at
Valentine's Knight (By: Renee Roszel) (1991)Description / Buy at
A Rebel at Heart (By: Gina Wilkins) (1991)Description / Buy at
The Cowboy's Mistress (By: Cathy Gillen Thacker) (1992)Description / Buy at
Defying Gravity (By: Rachel Lee) (1992)Description / Buy at
Under The Covers (By: Roseanne Williams) (1992)Description / Buy at
To Die For (By: M.J. Rodgers) (1993)Description / Buy at
More Than Friends (By: Susan Mallery) (1993)Description / Buy at
The Mighty Quinn (By: Candace Schuler) (1993)Description / Buy at
Dance with a Dynasty (By: JoAnn Ross) (1993)Description / Buy at
Only in the Moonlight (By: Vicki Lewis Thompson) (1993)Description / Buy at
Snowbound Bride (By: Cathy Gillen Thacker) (1998)Description / Buy at
An Irritating Man (By: Lass Small) (1998)Description / Buy at
Heaven Shared (By: Cathy Gillen Thacker) (1998)Description / Buy at
We Give Thanks (By: Linda Randall Wisdom) (1998)Description / Buy at
The Miracle (By: Muriel Jensen) (1998)Description / Buy at
Stark Lightning (By: Elaine Barbieri) (1999)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Anthologies

Abduction & Seduction(1995)Description / Buy at
Hawk's Way Brides(1999)Description / Buy at
One Hot Summer(2007)Description / Buy at
More Than Words, Volume 6(2010)Description / Buy at

Notes: Untamed Maverick Hearts also contains stories by Patricia Potter and Heather Graham Pozzessere. To Have and to Hold also contains stories by Jane Bonander, Elaine Coffman and Kasey Michaels. A Christmas Together also has stories by Jane Bonander, Tanya Anne Crosby and Jennifer Horsman.

Abduction and Seduction also has stories by Rebecca Brandewyne and Diana Palmer. Outlaws and Heroes also has stories by Mallory Rush and Dallas Schulze. Spouse for Hire also has stories from Lee Magner and Kasey Michaels. Hot Pursuit also includes stories by Mallory Rush and Anne Stuart. Lone Star Christmas and Other Gifts and Under the Mistletoe also have stories by Diana Palmer.

em>Taming the Lone Wolf is available in a collection with the story Single in the Saddle by Vicki Lewis Thompson. The Bluest Eyes in Texas is available in a collection with the story Wife in Name Only by Carolyn Zane. More Than Words, Vol. 6 also has stories by Rochelle Alers, Robyn Carr, Maureen Child and Christina Skye.

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Joan Johnston Synopsis: In Outlaw’s Bride by Joan Johnston, Patch Kendrick and Ethan Hawk have been childhood friends, but now Patch wants more than just friendship. To earn his love, she will have to clear Ethan’s name so he can be free to love her.

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