Renee Johnson Writes

Novelist, Traveler, and More

Novels by Renee Canter Johnson

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Years ago, Essie Baumgardner accepted the postmistress position in Wylder, Wyoming Territory, to protect her young daughter. But Augusta is now seventeen and caught between her two loves—rodeo riding and Clyde Hartshorn.

Although Essie longs to travel, she saves her money for Augusta’s Boston education until the striking Pierre Lacroix, his daughter, Francine, and showman Victor Douglas arrive and turn her life upside down. When she finally gets the chance to see the world, will she send Augusta to New England and abandon her post office for love?

Released September 7, 2022.

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Reminiscing Over Rainbow Gelato is Johnson’s contribution to The Wild Rose Press series, One Scoop or Two.


On the heels of professional failure, flavor chemist Sabrina Bianco travels to Martha’s Vineyard to reopen her parents’ ice cream parlor, hire a manager, and return to North Carolina before a co-worker snags her promotion.

Sabrina didn’t plan to stay long on Martha’s Vineyard, but the opportunity to rekindle her relationship with Tommy O’Brien is almost as important as revitalizing her parents’ ice cream parlor.

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Set in mysterious Venice, Italy, BEHIND THE MASK is an international intrigue. 

No one knows who the lady pulled from a Venetian canal is.  Even she doesn’t seem to know and the ball gown and period undergarments she was wearing give no clues.  hitting her head and oxygen deprivation have left her with amnesia.

Dr. Luca Viale is determined to find out her identity.  The bruises on her body appear to come from different times, convincing him that her situation was no accident.  Can he restore her memory before another attempt is made on her life?  Time is running out and his growing attraction to her is beginning to cause problems in both his personal and professional life.

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Sara Goode is leading an exciting life in New York until her radio talk show is cancelled. She heeds the advice of a homeless woman–who insists she speaks with angels–and returns to Bland, Virginia for Thanksgiving. But not everyone in the small town is happy to see her.

Sara learns there is more to forgiveness than just receiving, but granting it as well. It doesn’t hurt that she’s falling for the town’s most eligible bachelor, Luke Sterling, the handsome minister of her family’s church. Luke has his own connection to NYC. He also has rejection angst since going from college football field hero to has-been overnight.

Can they face their fears and embrace love? Manhattan’s bright lights still call to Sara, and Luke’s fears of being rebuffed may just be too deep to overcome.

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Can Madeline Waters capture a picture of the ghost William Gray believes is haunting him?

Others have caught some shadowy figures on film at the Antebellum house, built in the eighteen hundreds on a privately-owned island in Winyah Bay, South Carolina.

A single photo would result in William granting permission for her to use the private journals of his long-dead ancestor and namesake, Captain William Gray, in her thesis research.

Madeline’s disbelief in the supernatural isn’t helpful and she wonders if the wealthy loner is suffering a mental collapse until she experiences the ghost of the Captain herself. Saving her from drowning, he floods her with the emotions she has longed for, and opens a dimension for her previously thought to be pure fantasy.

Is it possible to fall in love with an apparition, or will she be able to aid in setting his spirit free? With help from a local Gullah woman’s knowledge of voodoo, the mystery unravels. In the process, William and Madeline’s hearts also become entwined.

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Amanda Lassiter, divorced and now married to her job, needs her first solo endeavor at managing an acquisition to go smoothly. With a promotion dangling, she heads to North Carolina, where she is faced with the choice of doing the right thing or following her boss’s orders. Will the conflict spiral her downward into her previously defeated eating disorder?

The economy, among other issues, has forced Reece Jordan to accept the take-over of his company. For the benefit of his employees, he’s prepared to go toe-to-toe with the mogul behind the acquisition, but not with the beautiful, multi-layered woman sent in his place.

Temptations mount, secrets are revealed, and nothing turns out the way it was planned.

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