More Books By Renee Johnson


Novels by Renee Canter Johnson

B E H I N D  T H E  M A S K

Suspense novel? Romance?  Italian wine?  Floating in a gondola along a misty canal in Venice, Italy? 


If this appeals to you, then Behind The Mask is a great place to start with Johnson’s novels.


No one knows who the lady pulled from a Venetian canal is. 

Not even her.  

Hitting her head and the resulting oxygen deprivation have left her with amnesia.

Her ball gown and period undergarments give no clues. 

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.


Novels Available through The Wild Rose Press, or Amazon.


Author QuoteBehind The Mask started my suspense/mystery/romance novel writing career.  I’d been writing for years, but a visit to Venice, Italy tickled my imagination in ways I couldn’t ignore.

Author Renee Johnson in Venice, Italy


“In 2013 I entered the manuscript in Indiana’s Golden Opportunity contest through Romance Writers of America in the Romantic Suspense category for both published and unpublished authors.



“As an unpublished novelist, I thought I didn’t have a chance, but welcomed the feedback the contest promised.

“To my surprise, it took third place! It’s chief faulted was in failing to capture the point of view of the antagonist, as well as the hero’s and heroine’s.

“Naturally, I acted on their advice, added the requested point of view, and it became my fourth published novel.  I still have the framed award in my writing office.”– Renee Canter Johnson






H E R  A L D  A N G E L S


Do you find novels about murder and mayhem a little dark when you’re enjoying spiced cider by the Christmas tree? 

But you still yearn for looks that could kill and a heroine who returns to her hometown only to discover that everyone isn’t happy to see her?

Can’t decide whether you want to read about Christmas in the country or in the city? 

Why choose?  For a feel-good Christmas novel, Herald Angels is the right blend of both worlds.

Herald Angels will have you traipsing through the bright lights of Rockefeller Center in New York City, and along winding snow-covered country roads in rural Virginia.

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.

Novels Available through The Wild Rose Press, or Amazon.

From the author’s pictures taken in NY during Christmas season.
Snow-dusted cabin in Bland, Virginia

Author Quote:  “The setting is paramount to good storytelling in a novel.

“The main characters face inner and outer battles.  It made sense to split their loyalties between Manhattan, New York, and Bland, Virginia.

Herald Angels highlights the best of both places and personalities.

“One is flashy, bold, bright, and larger than life.  The other is more sedate, introspective, and subtle.  Neither is necessarily better, but these two places couldn’t be more different.”   –Renee Canter Johnson


T H E  H A U N T I N G  O F  W I L L I A M  G R A Y


Ghost novel? 

Old family manse? 

Private island in South Carolina’s low country? 

Spanish moss-covered live oaks? 

Secrets can’t stay buried any better than the old sea captain himself, in Johnson’s mystery novel, especially when they unite the history of Georgetown, South Carolina to the apparition in ways that makes you swoon, while breaking your heart.

The Haunting of William Gray gives the reader an unlikely heroine who must dig deep to find the courage she needs to take on William Gray.

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.

Novels Available through The Wild Rose Press, or Amazon.

Author Quote:

Author at Reading
Renee Johnson at a Reading for The Haunting of William Gray.

The Haunting of William Gray was a lot of fun to write.  Who doesn’t enjoy a good ghost story?


“Having grown up visiting South Carolina’s low country beaches, writing about it came naturally.  Its history is as bountiful as its seafood and shell seekers.

“Like the hero in The Haunting of William Gray, my favorite dish is shrimp and grits.

“Simple, tasty, and a staple of southern cuisine.” –Renee Canter Johnson















Workplace romance novel?

Secrets and double-crossing characters?

Strong female lead?

Acquisition is a perfect fit if this appeals.

Sassy, southern characters, grit, and missing funds crank up the mystery.

Backgrounds surface, as personalities clash on the boardroom battlefield, making this an un-put-down-able novel.

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.

Novels Available through The Wild Rose Press, or Amazon.

Author Quote:  “I once worked in the office of an independent building materials supplier and the atmosphere was about as masculine as you might imagine.  A cacophony of sounds would burst through the door separating the shop from the office complex whenever it opened, and a sawdust trail followed the shop manager’s footsteps as though he’d just walked out of Grimms’ Fairy Tales and needed them to find his way back to the table saws, routers, and fork lifts.

Author Renee Johnson
Author Renee Canter Johnson

“There was always turmoil between the partners who feared one or the other might sell out and leave them vulnerable to a takeover from one of the superstores.

“The worst thing that could have happened during that time in the mid-to-late eighties, was that such an acquisition would occur with a female leading it.  Naturally, this became my creative exploration route.

Acquisition was my first published romance novel.  It brought me a lot of joy to bring full-of-spit-and-vinegar personalities to life.

“Many readers told me they enjoyed the secondary characters almost as much as the primary ones.”  –Renee Canter Johnson