Friday, November 28, 2014

Twelve Treasured Moments from The Keep by Johnnie Alexander

To join in The Twelve Series of Christmas, 
Johnnie Alexander is visiting today! 
Enjoy her post and be sure to check out her links and her books. 

Happy Season of Christmas . . .

Twelve Treasured Moments from The Keep

After a couple of decades in sunshiny Florida suburbia, I moved to Chosen Road Keep, a four-acre hobby farm in western Tennessee. Here are my twelve treasured moments from the past few months in no particular order:
1. Being the first to find a newborn litter of baby bunnies

2. Learning I could insert a syringe of medicine into an unhappy alpaca’s ear all by myself

3. Buying my first pair of farm boots

4. Getting a fire to blaze from embers with only my breath

5. Having an alpaca adolescent eat from my hand

6. Photographing lovely yellow daffodils last spring

7. Watching a mama hen gather her chicks beneath her wings

8. Throwing tennis balls for two adorable English shepherd puppies

9. Actually petting an untamed guinea

10. Coercing a two-hundred pig into a dog crate

11. Eating delicious sausage from same pig

12. Toting bales of hay from my car’s hatch to the barn by myself

Bonus: Gaining confidence in my ability as a farm girl.

About Johnnie!
Johnnie Alexander, author and freelance editor, recently signed a contract with Revell for three contemporary romances. The first of these, tentatively titled Into a Spacious Place, releases in January 2016.
Her debut novel, Where Treasure Hides (Tyndale, 2013), won the ACFW Genesis Contest (2011 Historical Fiction). “Beneath the Christmas Star,” her first short story, appeared in the Guideposts anthology A Cup of Christmas Cheer—Tales of Joy and Wonder for the Holidays (2013).

Johnnie also has won the Best Novel award at the 2010 Florida Christian Writers Conference and both the Best Novel and Writer of the Year awards at the 2009 FCWC. She is a 2012 Bronze Medalist in the My Book Therapy Frasier Contest.

A graduate of Rollins College (Orlando) with a Master of Liberal Studies degree, Johnnie treasures family memories, classic movies, road trips, and stacks of books. She recently moved to the Memphis area where she experiences farm life with a small herd of alpacas, Rugby the princely papillon, Skye the mischievous English shepherd, and assorted chickens, guineas, rabbits, and cats.

Wanna stay in touch with her?

Twitter            https://www.johnnie_alexndr

Whoa! Read about her book!

Artist Alison Schuyler spends her time working in her family’s renowned art gallery, determined to avoid the curse that has followed the Schuyler clan from the Netherlands to America and back again. She’s certain that true love will only lead to tragedy—that is, until a chance meeting at Waterloo station brings Ian Devlin into her life. Drawn to the bold and compassionate British Army captain, Alison begins to question her fear of love as World War II breaks out, separating the two and drawing each into their own battles. While Ian fights for freedom on the battlefield, Alison works with the Dutch Underground to find a safe haven for Jewish children and priceless pieces of art alike. But safety is a luxury war does not allow. As time, war, and human will struggle to keep them apart, will Alison and Ian have the faith to fight for their love, or is it their fate to be separated forever?

More "Twelve Series of Christmas" coming! Look for it. Wanna join in? Leave a comment and we'll talk.

Merry Christmas Blessings!


Ann Ellison said...

Wonderful post and I really enjoyed the pictures. Where Treasure Hides sounds like a really good one that as a fan of WWII historical fiction I can't pass up. I just got it on my Kindle and look forward to reading it.

Johnnie Alexander said...

Carole, thanks so much for hosting me and sharing a few photos from The Keep! It's been an amazing and strange year. How glad I am to know that God is in control! LOL

Johnnie Alexander said...

Hi, Ann. The research for Where Treasure Hides allowed me to delve into fascinating aspects of WWII. I hope you enjoy the story as much as I enjoyed imagining and writing it. Have you read All the Light We Cannot See? It's a beautiful and mesmerizing novel.

Ann Ellison said...

I have finished reading Where Treasure Hides and I really did enjoy it. I will definitely check out All the Light We Cannon See.

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