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WELCOME AUTHOR JOHNNIE ALEXANDER
Saturday, May 27, 2017 by Patti Shene

FEATURED BOOK:  What Hope Remembers

AUTHOR:  Johnnie Alexander

PUBLISHER:  Revell

GENRE:  Contemporary Romance

SERIES OR STAND ALONE:  Series (Misty Willow Series #3)

TARGET AGE:  Women

 

IT IS MY PLEASURE TO WELCOME AUTHOR JOHNNIE ALEXANDER TO PATTI’S PORCH. JOHNNIE SHARES THE COMFORT SHE FOUND IN THE WORDS OF ISAIAH DURING A STRESSFUL TIME.

 

JOHNNIE IS OFFERING A GIVEAWAY! SIMPLY LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW TO ENTER THE DRAWING FOR A COPY OF WHAT HOPE REMEMBERS.

 

“In Quietness and Trust is Your Strength”

 

by

 

Johnnie Alexander

 

The phrase from Isaiah popped up here, there, and everywhere during the first weeks of 2016.

 

I cradled it in my heart while wondering what God was trying to tell me.

 

My life was already quiet back then. I wasn’t exactly a hermit, but as my mom’s health declined so did my freedom to drive into town whenever I wanted. On the weekends, I went to writers group meetings about every other Saturday and to church on Sundays and a movie afterwards with a friend while my sister stayed home.

 

I admit to moments of “itchy feet”—of missing those days when I controlled my comings and goings. But mostly I relished the tranquility of our home. Nestled into a hillside at the end of a cove, the house stood distant from the fuss and bother of traffic.

 

Birdsong filled the air on still mornings. A fox once passed the window as I wrote at the kitchen table. My little papillon treed raccoons more than once.

 

The outside world could be shut out, even ignored, for long stretches of the day.

 

And yet the words from Isaiah 30:15 were given to me again and again, calling me to talk to God, to listen for His still voice as I tended our alpaca herd and walked the pasture, added logs to the comforting fire, and cared for my mom.

 

As the days passed, leading to inevitable grief, God gave me the strength I needed to heal from the heartache. I trusted Him while crying, while laughing through tears at happy memories, while saying that final goodbye.

 

Over a year later—a year of adjustment and changes, including a move to another state—I trust Him still.

 

The phrase from Isaiah doesn’t pop up here, there, and everywhere anymore.

 

But I still cradle it in my heart.

 

Book Hook:

Sometimes prison bars are real; sometimes they are traps we create in our own lives. Amy and Gabe each search for a way to forgive the past and find a second chance at love.

 

Back Cover Blurb:

When Amy Somers loses her job as a lobbyist, she moves to Misty Willow, well aware that she’s crossing bridges she’d burned years before. With all the mistakes she’s made and the uncaring things she’s done–even to her own family–she can hardly believe that happiness will find her, especially when Gabe Kendall, her first crush and her first kiss, rides back into her life atop a buckskin mare.

A former Marine, Gabe is at loose ends after serving a prison sentence for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. He sees beyond Amy’s hard exterior to the girl he once knew and loved, and he longs to see her open her heart. Yet with his vision clouded by shame for his past and fears about the future, he finds it difficult to see the path ahead.

But the memory of that long-ago kiss just may have the power to reignite a romance that brings out the best in both of them.

 

Purchase: Link to Online Retailers

 

DON’T FORGET TO LEAVE A COMMENT TO BE PLACED IN THE DRAWING TO WIN A COPY OF WHAT HOPE REMEMBERS BETWEEN NOW AND TUESDAY, JUNE 6TH AT MIDNIGHT MDT.  (US Winner: choice of print or ebook; International Winner: ebook)

 

Johnnie Alexander is a wannabe vagabond with a heart for making memories who lives in Florida with Rugby, the princely papillon, and Griff, the happy-go-lucky collie. A winner of the prestigious American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) Genesis Contest (Historical) and several conference awards, she volunteers as marketing director for the Mid-South Christian Writers Conference and is the past president of both the ACFW Memphis and ACFW Central Florida chapters. Visit Johnnie online:

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Comments

Johnnie Alexander From Florida At 6/7/2017 7:13:20 PM

Dearest Lea--my prayers are with you during this difficult. I know it's hard and exhausting. Please try to take care of yourself, too. Ann, it's always fun to "run into you" in various places!

Patti Shene From At 6/7/2017 1:10:44 AM

Hi Lea. Thank you for stopping by and sharing with us! Praying that God gives you the strength to make it through this difficult time.

Lea Ladehoff From Iowa At 6/7/2017 1:01:16 AM

I am so glad I stopped by, I really needed that verse! My grandma (my best friend) has not been well and I am exhausted from helping care for her. I pray every day for the strength to get through these hard times. Thankfully, I can escape into a good book during the down times! Thanks for sharing!

Patti Shene From At 6/6/2017 5:31:35 PM

Hi Ann. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment, even though you wish to be excluded from the drawing.

Ann Ellison From Abilene Texas At 6/6/2017 5:27:28 PM

Wonderful post and reminder of God's faithfulness. Don't include me in the drawing as I already have a copy of the book.

Johnnie Alexander From Florida At 6/2/2017 2:15:22 PM

Waving at you, too, Rose, and everyone else! Thanks for being here! It's always fun to see familiar names and get acquainted with new ones, too. I love this story and hope each of you gets a chance to read it.

Patti Shene From At 5/29/2017 7:51:14 PM

I know, Sarah! And He has a way of choosing just the right one, too! Thank you for stopping by!

Sarah From sarahruut.com At 5/29/2017 7:47:29 PM

I love when God gives us those verses to cling to during the hard times! ❤️

Patti Shene From SE Colorado At 5/29/2017 3:17:15 PM

Hi Rose. I share the same problem of being still. Thank you for stopping by to visit Johnnie and for sharing your thoughts with us!

Rose Allen McCauley From Paris, KY At 5/29/2017 1:15:05 PM

Waving to Johnnie, So glad to see you here and read about this new book you have out! I'd love to read it! And glad to read about how God kept putting that verse in your life last year! My problem often is being still enough to hear Him!

Patti Shene From At 5/29/2017 12:30:51 PM

Hi Clella! Thank you so much for stopping by and letting Johnnie know you enjoyed her post and her book.

Clella From Illinois/Florida At 5/29/2017 12:26:44 PM

Johnnie, I am hearing this verse and these thoughts. Love this book. I do have one, but would always give one a s a gift.

Patti Shene From At 5/28/2017 5:06:27 PM

Hi Charolette. Thank you for stopping by and entering the drawing!

Charolette From Maurice Louisiana At 5/28/2017 5:01:41 PM

I would love to win a paperback

Patti Shene From At 5/28/2017 2:07:09 PM

Thank you for taking the time to stop by for a visit, Johnnie!

Johnnie Alexander From Florida At 5/28/2017 11:43:30 AM

Thanks so much for having me as your guest, Patti.

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WELCOME AUTHOR ANE MULLIGAN
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WELCOME AUTHOR TINA PINSON
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The Next Big Thing - Blog Hopping
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Vanquishing the Christmas Blues by Linda Rondeau
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Christmas Rayne by Joi Copeland
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The Christmas Stalking by Lillian Duncan
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News From Nashville & Beyond
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GPCWC in Restospect
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