Coming Summer 2018!

Posted by on Jul 18, 2017 in Sons of Blackbird Mountain, Thomas Nelson | 42 comments

The first book in my Norwegian-American series with Thomas Nelson has an official title! It’s a title that’s ever so dear because it’s not only the heart and soul of this story, but it’s been the name of this novel before the first word was even typed. Without further adieu, it’s a joy to share with you my upcoming release: Sons of Blackbird Mountain

Sons of Blackbird Mountain


Don’t let my girly decorations fool you. ;) Within these pages are three cider-brewing brothers who live like kings in the hills of Virginia. Their farm lies tucked away where few are brave enough to venture down it’s lane. An Appalachian Neverland, of sorts. With three rough and tumble Lost Boys. Until the day change blows in. Both on the farm and in the heart…

Here is the unofficial summary:

When Aven Norgaard leaves Norway to serve as housekeeper to her late husband’s cousins in Appalachia, she expects lads in need of care, not three grown men—each in need of a wife and bound by a powerful brotherhood. As the men carve out a living by brewing artisan liquor, young Haakon’s pursuit tempts Aven’s lonely spirit but it is his Deaf brother, Thor, whose silent strength shows her the depths of real love.

Unable to speak to any woman, Thor Norgaard never anticipates Aven to befriend him, let alone treat him as her safe harbor. Though hard cider is their livelihood and his greatest talent, he fights his way to sobriety with Haakon’s help, defying the bottle for Aven’s hand – only to face a battle of the heart that tests even the strongest bonds of brotherhood.



The first in this two book series is releasing Summer 2018, and if you’d like to know when it hits shelves, or get an early glimpse of the coming cover, you can follow me here on my blog (or pop in for visits!) or connect with me through my newsletter where I always share book release news and other fun goodies. (Including an extra special eBook sale coming next week!) Or add the book to your Goodreads shelf.

Thanks so much for being along this journey with me! Each of you make it extra special and spur me on as I write these stories. More to come! 



  1. Yes!! Excited for your new series and, you…
    Blessings and J*O*Y. Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House

  2. Awesome! I can’t wait to read it!

  3. So excited to read this! It sounds so good!

  4. OHH I’m so thrilled about this <3 I love the title!

  5. So exciting! I’m looking forward to this series.

    • Thank you, Winnie. I am so thankful to get to share these stories with you. You all make it so special!

  6. This sounds wonderful!

  7. Oh my ! Be still my heart! So excited for what lies in store for your readers!

    • You are the best!! And thank you for all your amazing help. <3

  8. I’m so excited for you, Joanne, and can’t wait to read Sons of Blackbird Mountain!!

  9. Your Pinterest board is amazing! Beautiful pictures, what a great idea!

    I can’t wait for your new book!

  10. Already love it!!

  11. Virginia! Appalachia! AND a love story involving a guy who is Deaf??? Joanne! You slay me!

    • Pepper, you gave me the BIGGEST smile. Thank you so much!!

      • I’m an Appalachian girl! You gave me a big old smile too :)

  12. I’m excited about this new series. It sounds quite unique and very good! Thanks for keeping us updated.

    • Pam, thanks so much for sharing in the joy. Writing for you all is what it’s all about and you friends encourage me like nothing else!

  13. This series definitely intrigues me! The first of my next series comes out in the summer of 2018 too. I think 2018 is going to be an abundant year for great Christian fiction!
    P.S. Am enjoying Charlie Lionheart right now!! :)

    • Greetings, Susan!

      Oh yes, it sounds like, 2018 is off to a good start! And thank you so much. :D I’m honored that you’re reading Lionheart!

  14. I have no words to describe the joy your words bring to my heart, Jo. So delighted for you and excited for this series. I have Danish heritage and my late grandad’s surname is Thorsen, so I may be particularly chuffed at your hero’s name :)

    • Oh this makes me so happy!! I love hearing about your heritage and your grandad’s surname. I dare say our Thors would have been friends!

      And thank you dearly. Your joy means the world to me. It is going to be a delight of all delights to send this story your way one day soon. <3

  15. You have this amazing ability to render me speachless while doing wildly happy things to my reader heart. You are a treasure, Joanne!

    • Beth – you just brought me so much delight with this dear comment. :D

  16. Oh. My. Goodness! So looking forward to this!

  17. I thought your idea of creating “writing music” mixes was inspired, but that Pinterest inspiration board!…what a great idea for writers. Now I’m going to have to make boards for all my screenplays! (Note to self: don’t spend more time on Pinterest board than on actual writing. lol).

    • Julie –

      Isn’t Pinterest fun!? I find it such a great way to organize images and get a “feel” for a story. Plus, it makes a fun way to get to share a bit with readers. I hope you’re own pinning goes great! ;) And I smiled to know you remembered my writing mixes. Still using those every time!

  18. Yahoo, Joanne. I’m hooked, and ready to read this story. Summer 2018 can’t come soon enough for me.

    • So honored by that, Mona. Hugs to you and Bob! I think often and cherish the memories of our visit together.

  19. I have absolutely loved your books! So full of depth. You are a wonderful writer!

    • Thank you so much, Christy! I appreciate you reading my books and taking the time to pop in and share. You’ve encouraged me today. :)


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