My Banned Books – Turning Lemons Into Lemonade (or maybe Lemon Martinis)

Now that my delicate author’s ego has calmed, the promo ho in me has awoken. So here are the self-published books that “crossed the line of good taste” (Siren/Bookstrand’s exact words in a letter to Jane at Dear Author) and got my indie publisher account shut down and my books banned from their site. They are all, at the time of this writing, still available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, ARe and Smashwords but who knows for how long. Some are at Kobo and some at the iBookstore as well but you better go check them out now before panic infects all the retailers and it’s too late and they’re gone! Don’t be offended–they must be horribly scandalous!

OPPOSITES ATTRACT-a Romantic Comedy Trilogy 


Bradley Morgan is the quintessential computer geek and nice guy, through and through. The only problem is that in his opinion, nice guys almost always finish last when it comes to hot women like his sexy co-worker Alyssa Jones. But things change after Alyssa finds her boyfriend cheating. Suddenly, nice guys like Brad don’t look so bad. So when Brad agrees to ghostwrite the sex scenes for a romance novel as a favor for desperate client Maria White and asks for Alyssa’s help after hours, she agrees wholeheartedly and things really start to heat up. Brad and Alyssa learn you should never judge a book by its cover and that sometimes love requires a leap of faith.


Amy Gerald’s life is filled with whirlwind romance. Unfortunately, it’s all on the pages of the romance novels she publishes. That is until she volunteers to cat-sit for her friend Maria White and meets Troy O’Donnell, the hunky fireman who lives next door. The problem is, this commitment-phobic consummate bachelor is far more willing to run into a burning building than allow love into his life. Troy will grasp at any excuse, even the ridiculous assumption that Amy is a lesbian, just to avoid his growing feelings for her. Amid a comedy of errors and misunderstandings, which includes Troy’s first hilarious visit to a gay bar, Amy manages to light Troy’s fire, but can she also conquer his fears?


Antonio Sanchez thought that at 32 his life was all mapped out—wife, kids, career—until some major bumps in the road radically alter his course and send him careening right into the path of newly divorced Maddie Morgan. After being thrust back into single life, Antonio moves back in with his old-fashioned parents and has to learn to juggle being a part-time dad to his kids, his job at the firehouse and his role as Best Man for his newly engaged best friend Troy, all in addition to facing his unquenchable desire for Maddie. Throw in a slew of matchmaking friends and relatives, led by Maria whose apartment appears to be the Bermuda Triangle for floundering lovers and Antonio and Maddie discover just how complicated things can get. Can the pair prove that love really is better the second time around?

This book has been previously published by Linden Bay Romance. It has been reedited for rerelease.

Just Desserts Cat Johnson

JUST DESSERTS- a Romantic Comedy Trilogy

Revenge may be a dish best served cold, but these three tales are hot, hot, hot!

Private Investigations
Donna is the kind of person who never thinks twice when it comes to helping a friend in need. So when her co-worker suspects her boyfriend of cheating, Donna is right there in the stakeout car next to her. Little does she know that their brief foray in private investigation will lead to her own investigating of a sexy PI’s privates.

Between Love and Hate
Jade thought she’d found the one, until she finds proof her boyfriend has been secretly meeting someone else. What’s a girl to do? Get back at him, of course. However, sometimes things aren’t always as they seem.

Saving Grace
As Valentine’s Day approaches, Grace realizes all of her friends have found the loves of their lives while she is still alone and lonely. But when a secret admirer sweeps her off her feet, she discovers that Mr. Right may really be oh-so-wrong. With help from an unexpected ally, can she get free of him before she finds herself all tied up?

This work has been previously published by Linden Bay Romance. It has been reedited for rerelease.

Nice & Naughty

NICE & NAUGHTY- a Hot Holiday Trilogy

What’s better than a fireman? Twelve of them, naked, on the pages of your calendar.

The hot firemen you loved in Opposites Attract are back with their friends, but now they’re wearing a lot less clothing and heating up the holidays like never before. Be prepared for secret identities, a sizzling calendar shoot, smoldering bachelor firemen up for auction, sexy Santas and a whole lot more!

Secret Recipe: A famous lifestyle maven who secretly can’t cook? Good thing a sizzling hot fireman/calendar model knows his way around the kitchen and is there to rescue her and her charity event from certain disaster. If they detour to the bedroom on the way to the kitchen, even better.

Mr. December: When the real December calendar man gets sick, a rich department store owner has to step in for him and play Santa. Once he meets the pretty lady photographer sent to cover the event, things really start to heat up. The only problem is, she has no idea who he really is, and he’s not all that keen on telling her.

Can’t Buy Me Love: What do you get when you take one over-worked caterer on the brink of a nervous breakdown and add a hunky fireman for sale at the charity bachelor auction she’s catering? You get a woman who finally finds the one gift to buy herself that she’s never going to want to return.

This book was previously published by Linden Bay Romance. It has been reedited from the original version.

Gillian's Island

GILLIAN’S ISLAND – a romantic comedy

A beautiful bride, a handsome groom, and a private cruise. What could possibly go wrong? How about a hurricane, one stranded yacht, a few useless, scantily clad bridesmaids and an equal number of horny groomsmen?

In the midst of it all, maid of honor Gillian Marlboro wonders if Jamie Foster could be not only the groom’s best man, but also the man for her. Would the universe be so cruel as to hand her the perfect man and then let them both perish on an island that provides no fresh water and only Mother Nature’s aphrodisiacs for sustenance?

The eBook has been previously published by Sapphire Blue Publishing. It has been reedited and revised from the original version.

Crossing the Line by Cat Johnson

CROSSING THE LINE – a Military Romance

In this modern day tale of forbidden romance, can love conquer all?

Carrie Armstrong joined the Air Force seeking education, experience, and travel. What she didn’t expect to find was the one thing military rules clearly state she can’t have, Staff Sergeant Beau Adams.

Throughout the 14 years of his life that Beau has dedicated to the Marine Corps, he’s never had reason to regret his decision to make the military his career, until now, when loving Carrie, the only woman he can picture growing old with, could cost him his future.

As the tension between them increases to the breaking point, their ability to resist temptation weakens. Forced to make a choice, do they willingly risk everything they’ve worked so hard to gain by crossing the line?

This book has been previously published by Linden Bay Romance and has been revised from its original release.

Educating Ansley Cat Johnson RED


Gossip Girl meets the Dukes of Hazard with a whole lot of red hot sex thrown in–that’s Educating Ansley

Connecticut’s rich and beautiful summer at mansions in the Hamptons not on a ranch in Colorado, but that’s exactly where society girl Ansley Craig’s been banished by her grandmother just for having a little too much fun at a graduation party.

She expects to find cows and boredom at the Kane ranch. What she doesn’t count on are the Kane brothers. Ansley may have the college degree, but Jeremy and Ryan are two cowboys who can teach her a few things she didn’t learn in school.

Reader Advisory: Expect one spoiled rich girl engaging in frequent sexual acts including multiple partner situations, same sex play, anal sex and even a roll in the hay. A M/F/M HFN threesome.

THE EX-FILES- an erotic romance

As “Plain Jane” Dolan—what an ex once called her—makes her way through her little black book and the men from her past searching for the Mr. Right who got away, there’s another man who makes his way into her little black panties. She can’t deny he feels oh so right.

Gorgeous and much too young Damian serves up both tongue-tantalizing cocktails and mind-boggling orgasms and Jane finds her post-date sexual encounters with the tempting bartender completely irresistible.

But her soulmate is waiting and there are still more men from her past to re-date—or are there?

Reader Advisory: Contains smoking hot sex with no strings–but with toys!

CAT SNIPS- A Short Story Anthology 

Black Cat
Lar has existed as a cat for a thousand years, with all the discomforts and indignities that go along with it. But when he’s adopted by Belinda and wakes

Cat Snips ~ A short story anthologyup no longer a cat, but as a man and in her bed, can his curse finally be at an end? For more about the characters of Grace and Donna from Black Cat, look for Just Desserts by Cat Johnson.

Friends With Benefits
Meg thinks she’s getting the best of both worlds when she and her friend Jeff decide to start having sex with no strings attached, until Meg suddenly finds that, strings or not, she’s become attached to Jeff. The question is, does Jeff feel the same, or is there a new woman in his life?

The last thing Brad wants to do is attend leadership school over the 4th of July holiday. How could the Army think it was a good idea to schedule training in Georgia in July? When his roommate Joe suggests they go see the fireworks and they run into Mary Jo, Joe’s first love there, Brad soon realizes things are only going to get a whole lot hotter. Especially once he discovers that Joe likes to share.

The Soldier and the Siren
After having his heart torn out by a Dear John letter while deployed, David returns home without much hope of things getting better. Then he heard her voice and his whole world changed.

The Rookie (a Studs in Spurs series deleted scene)
This 2,500 word deleted scene from Bucked (Studs in Spurs, Book 2) features Mustang, Chase and one lucky woman who gets to know them better. It’s not a complete story, nor is it a happily-ever-after romance, but it is a smoking hot threesome scene fans of the series, and readers of Bucked will love.

Eight Second Ride (a Studs in Spurs series short story)
Young pro bull rider Chase Reese learns a lesson about women the hard way, but makes a friend in the process in this high energy, action packed 3,000 word single scene. Written as a “thank you” to the fans of the Studs in Spurs series who requested more of Chase. See more of Chase and his fellow bull riders in the Studs in Spurs series by Cat Johnson and don’t miss Chase’s book Ride (Studs in Spurs, Book 3).

11 responses to “My Banned Books – Turning Lemons Into Lemonade (or maybe Lemon Martinis)

  1. I have them all and love them all. I do not like people who want to sensor everything. If you don’t like it don’t read it. Leave the rest of us alone to enjoy the wonderful simple things in life. Like reading my favorite authors wonderful stories. 🙂 Can’t wait for the next one. I have about 34 so far in my collection.

  2. Shame on Amazon and the others. I love your books. Also I might add in very good taste. Now I only get your books by Amazon Kindle. What sould us Kindle users do?
    Thanks Vicki

    • They should all still be on Amazon so you are good for your Kindle. It’s just Bookstrand that is affected to date. But my fear is all retailers will take the same stance. And thank you!

  3. Looks like they may end of cutting their nose off to spite their face, so to speak, if they quit selling your and other’s books, their books sales will surely fall. I guess that might be what it takes. Sorry you have to go through this Cat. Hopefully other’s wont follow.

  4. If Bookstrand has a problem with the material presented in these
    books they should probably shut down their site. I’ve enjoyed
    several of these adult romances and have no complaints.

  5. I love all your books and I have read them a!! I keep checking for the next ones to come out. Don’t give up keep writing I love them!!

    • Thank you, Carey. And thanks to everyone commenting. Don’t worry, I’m not quitting writing. I just will concentrate on my Samhain and Kensington releases. I’m not investing more time on self-publishing until this face off between self-publishers and retailers plays out. Publishing is changing so fast, it’s like the old west. The old rules don’t apply and people are making up new rules as they go along. I have one more short I got rights back to from a pub. I may upload that to Amazon, BN, ARe and Smashwords but that’s it for now until I see what’s going to happen.

      Thanks again to everyone for the support and comments!

  6. I have read your stuff, and I don’t see what the problem is, there is more out there that has me scratching my head at what the author was thinking but I wouldn’t bann it.

  7. Thank you. I just bought Gillian’s Island at Kobo.
    It sounds a touch like blatant sexual harassment by paypal to me. It is mostly women who will feel this slight most.
    Not a good example.

  8. This is very sad; for not only the writers but the readers as well. Because many writers like you Cat are getting back rights to their back copies and self publishing so their readers can buy them in ebook form and at a good price. Do you know I read several great authors like you that I have found because they self publish their books.
    And I love all your books and have all in ebook form I even pre-order your ebooks. I don’t buy print any more because of room and money. To be honest I don’t buy from that site any way, I buy your books from Sony, AllRomanceEbooks, Kobo, BooksOnBoard, Smashwords and of course Samhain.
    Well off to buy the new ebook you just put out “BENEATH THE SURFACE”.