‘What Hope Remembers’: Meet Johnnie Alexander + a Giveaway

What happens when the past collides with the present? I am excited to have Johnnie Alexander back with us today to share about her new release, What Hope Remembers, the third book in the Misty Willow Series. (If you missed When Love Arrives or Where She Belongs, you’ll want to check those out, too!) Before we visit with Johnnie, let’s take a look at What Hope Remembers.

Meet Johnnie Alexander and her newest novel, 'What Hope Remembers' -- plus enter to win a signed paperback copy!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.

Welcome back, Johnnie! Tell us a little about What Hope Remembers. Who is your favorite secondary character in this latest novel, and do you think you’ll include that character in a future story?

I hadn’t thought about this before, but yes, it’d be fun to write a story for Tess, the hero’s widowed aunt. But I’d want to write about her as a younger woman in the 1980s or 90s. Unfortunately that’s a difficult time span to write about because it’s no longer contemporary and it’s not yet historical.

The better choice would be Meghan Jensen. She’s barely mentioned in What Hope Remembers but played an important role as a past love interest and the mother of Brett’s child in the first two books of the Misty Willow Series. (Brett is the hero of When Love Arrives.)

Ooh, yes, she would be a good one for a story of her own! Would you share five fast favorites? What is your:

Favorite color? Green

Favorite season? Spring

Favorite beverage? Coke

Favorite animal? My dogs Rugby and Griff

Favorite vacation destination? Arizona because that’s where my granddaughters live now.

I know it’s a bit of a hot topic, but… Paper or e-reader? There are certainly pros and cons to each. Which is your favorite?

Depends on the book! I tend to prefer my Kindle for fiction because it’s easy to hold and I have an entire library of books with me wherever I go.

But for nonfiction, especially books on spiritual growth and writing, I prefer paper editions. I like making notes, highlighting, and adding tabs to specific pages.

While I generally prefer paper, I do agree with you on the nonfiction part. I remember things better from an actual paper book than I do from the Kindle. (I actually read an article that talked about the mind mapping that we do as we read, and explained why electronic versions make it harder to remember!)

Do you have a favorite or “life” verse? Why is that one important to you?

Choosing just one is so hard, but my “life” verses are Colossians 3:1-3 which basically urges us to set our hearts and minds on things above where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. This reminds me to purposely focus my emotions and my thoughts on eternal values.

That eternal focus makes such a difference! Can you give any hints about what you’re working on now?

I’m writing my second cozy mystery for the Victorian Mansion Flower Shop Mysteries (Annie’s Fiction). My first one, Bloomed to Die, releases in February 2018.

I’m also revising a WWII historical I wrote several years ago. The story intersects with the events in Where Treasure Hides, my first WWII novel. Finally, I’m doing research for a potential sequel to Where Treasure Hides. My plan is to indie-publish these two novels.

How fun! I can’t wait to read them. 🙂 If you could offer a word of encouragement to an aspiring author, what would you say?

Practical steps include attending writers conferences, participating in a writers or critique group, and entering contests. Be teachable, grow in the craft, and never give up.

That sounds like great advice, Johnnie. Thanks so much for taking the time to visit with us today!

Your turn! When you read (fiction or nonfiction), do you like to highlight and/or take notes in the book?

More about Johnnie:

author Johnnie AlexanderJohnnie Alexander is a wannabe vagabond with a heart for making memories. While relaxing on her Sunshine State patio with her dogs Rugby and Griff, she writes stories that tug at your heartstrings.In addition to winning the prestigious American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) Genesis Contest (Historical), Johnnie has received several conference awards. Her popular debut novel, Where Treasure Hides, is a CBA bestseller and has been translated into Dutch and Norwegian.She is marketing director for the Mid-South Christian Writers Conference and past president of both the ACFW Memphis and ACFW Central Florida chapters.

You can connect with Johnnie online:

Website/Blog

Facebook Profile (Friend or Follow!)

Facebook Author Page

Twitter

GoodReads

Amazon Author Page

Also by Johnnie:
Where She Belongs by Johnnie AlexanderWhere She Belongs (Misty Willow Series #1; Revell)

Shelby Kincaid is ready to move forward after the death of her husband left her devastated. With high hopes for the future, she longs to purchase her family’s homestead, Misty Willow, so she can raise her young daughters in the only place she ever truly belonged. She plans to transform the abandoned house into the perfect home of her memories. But she has her work cut out for her.

AJ Sullivan never wanted Shelby’s family homestead in the first place. His grandfather left it to him as punishment for not following his wishes, and he’s let it fall into ruin. AJ’s more than happy to unload it to this spitfire of a woman. But even after angry exchanges over the state of the house, he can’t get her off his mind.

With writing that evokes a strong sense of place and family history, Johnnie Alexander deftly explores the ties that bind us to home–and the irresistible forces that draw us to each other.

When Love Arrives by Johnnie AlexanderWhen Love Arrives (Misty Willow Series #2; Revell)

Dani Prescott came to the children’s hospital to spy on Brett Somers–so how did she end up on a date with him? Weeks earlier she’d seen an interview in which he blamed her mother for the plane crash that had killed his parents. But the crash had killed her mother as well, so Dani can’t believe the story Brett’s trying to sell to the media.

Vowing to find a way to discredit the privileged–and maddeningly handsome–Brett, Dani has been following him and taking photos, hoping to find something she can use against him. But when she catches his eye instead, she quickly finds herself offering up a fake name and agreeing to a date. Brett knows this mystery girl is hiding something–but he’s got his own secrets to keep. What will happen when he discovers who she really is? Will Dani and Brett look beyond their own heartaches to discover a love that could heal their deepest pain?

Fresh, flirty, and fast-paced, When Love Arrives is an engaging story that will have readers falling in love with the characters as they navigate the tricky waters between romance and revenge.

Where Treasure HidesWhere Treasure Hides (Tyndale)

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?

‘What Hope Remembers’ Giveaway:

Johnnie has generously offered to give away a copy (winner can choose ebook copy or autographed print copy) of What Hope Remembers. Giveaways are subject to the Giveaway Policy.

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40 thoughts on “‘What Hope Remembers’: Meet Johnnie Alexander + a Giveaway

  1. Janet Estridge

    Are you serious? Do people actually do that?
    I would never write in a book, whether it was mine own or not.
    Thanks for entering me in your giveaway.

    • Hey, Janet.

      I started writing in books in college, then I went through a period where I’d take notes in a spiral-bound tablet instead. I still do that, too, but I also highlight or write in certain books. Depends on their topic.

      Thanks for participating in the giveaway!

    • LOL, Janet! I must confess, I’m like you. But surprisingly enough, many people DO deface books like that… 😉

  2. Katherine Good

    I don’t usually highlight in a non-fiction print book, but I’ll highlight on the Nook. I do highlight a lot in non-fiction.

    • Hi, Katherine. I like highlighting in my Kindle. I love how the “notes” feature makes it so easy to see them all at a glance.

      So glad you stopped by!

  3. Amanda T.

    Nope never highlight or mark.

  4. Hi, Sarah and Friends!

    Thanks for having me back again for another Misty Willow giveaway!

    I read a similar article about how reading a print edition helps in comprehension–the whole “I know it was on this side of the page at the top” kind of thing. That doesn’t happen with an ebook!

    Just want to clarify that I do NOT write or highlight in books that don’t belong to me. Only my own!

    • I’m so glad to have you visiting again, Johnnie! 🙂

      While we’re clarifying, I probably should add that I don’t judge those who DO highlight and make notes. I learned when I was little (probably with crayon in hand…) that we don’t write in books, and I’ve never let that go. LOL

      • I love “with crayon in hand.” One of my daughters, when only a toddler, took an ink pen to my Bible. Not the kind of underlining/note-taking I enjoyed! LOL!

  5. Patty

    I don’t think that I have ever marked up a fiction book, but when reading a non fiction book (which is rare) I do tend to underline and highlight things.

    • Hi, Patty. I’m curious what kind of nonfiction books grab your attention. I just finished a memoir by Brad Paisley I found at a Goodwill store. I don’t read much biography/memoirs and I’m not a huge country-western fan. But the book intrigued me so . . . I bought it! And enjoyed it and passed it along to someone else. LOL!

  6. Tonya Robinette

    Ebooks are very convenient, but it is just not the same experience as holding that book in your hands.

    • Hi, Tonya. That’s very true. And I love seeing books lined up on my shelves, too. Can’t do that with ebooks!

  7. Arletta

    So many of the books I read belong to the library, so, no, I do not write in them.

    Even in my own books, I would likely not write in them. I have a journal where I write down sayings or phrases from books that speak to me.

    • Oh, that’s a great idea, Arletta! I have recently started bullet journaling, and I must confess I hadn’t thought to make a page for great quotes, but I need to do that! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

      • Hi, Arletta. I sometimes do that, too, with devotional books or spiritual growth books especially. My journal seems the most appropriate place for the nuggets that especially tug at my heart.

        Sarah, I gave bullet-journaling a brief go and have a “Quotes” page in that little notebook. But now I’m using a disc-bound notebook which seems to work better for me. I still keep the bullet-journal handy though.

  8. Dianne Casey

    I don’t usually mark up my books, especially fiction. If it’s a non-fiction book, depending on the subject I might use a post it note or flag somehow.

    • Hi, Dianne. I love those little flags. My sister gave me a couple packs as part of my Christmas present last year. I was so thankful! LOL!

  9. I take notes or “flag” the pages. There are just so much you can get from reading!! Thanks for the interview and giveaway!

    • Hi, Annie! This is a great opportunity for me to tell you how much I enjoy your blog. I have several of your email notifications flagged in my inbox of posts I want to go back to. So glad to “see” you here!

  10. Connie Saunders

    This ex-librarian finds it hard to write or mark in a book so I use post-it notes to keep track of quotes or thoughts I want to refer to in the future. This is usually for devotionals and other non-fiction books but sometimes an author says something in their story that reaches into my soul!

    • I love when books do that! <3

      • Oh, I love that, too. I recently read an advance copy of Lindsey Brackett’s debut novel, Still Waters. Be on the lookout for this lovely story. There were so many phrases where I thought, “I wish I’d written that!”

  11. Lori Smanski

    depends on the book. my bible – yes on my tablet – yes on non fiction – no but i will take notes in a notebook that stays with the book
    on fiction books – no

    • Hi, Lori. What kind of notebooks do you use that you then keep with your nonfiction books? Sometimes I pick up small spiral bound notebooks from Michaels that would probably be great for that purpose. Hmm….

  12. Vickie Jameson

    The only books that I highlight/take notes in are my Bible and occasional nonfiction books that I read. Thanks for the chance to win a book.

    • Hi, Vickie. I love the opportunity to partner with Sarah and her wonderful readers for book giveaways. Thank you for participating!

  13. Stephanie

    Yes I mark all over my books. Never before college though because it was instilled in me not to.

  14. Robin in NC

    I write my name, underline, highlight, write in the margins in nonfiction books if I’m studying or learning, but the only time I mark in a fiction book is a small check mark on the very first page to remind myself that I’ve already read it. Thanks for sharing with us!

    • Robin, that is a great tip! You know, I think I’m going to start writing the date I finish books, particularly certain nonfiction books, in the back. There are several that I re-read such as My Utmost for His Highest, Sand County Almanac, The Silmarillion–a few others. What a great way to keep track in the book itself! Thanks!

      • Robin in NC

        You’re most welcome! 🙂

  15. Nancy M

    I definitely mark up a nonfiction book. Quotes, things I want to remember. I don’t like to read them via ebook because I can’t do that!

  16. Lea Ladehoff

    I underline or highlight any book, fiction or nonfiction. I honestly don’t read much nonfiction…i try, but never seem to finish them! If a line or verse touches my spirit in a fiction book, I will tag that page with a sticky note tab. If the book is deemed “keeper shelf worthy” I’ll go back and underline the passage, and often jot it down in a notebook to refer to later.

    I am so excited for this book, Johnnie! We have had a crazy few months and I missed the news that it had been released. Definitely going on my summer tbr list!

    I fully support a spin-off to Where Treasure Hides.. it’s still one of my all time favorite books!!

    • Oh, Lea! You just made my day! I hope you think I did Amy proud! (Or something like that.) I was so hesitant to write her story but I’m so glad I did. She needed her voice to be heard.

      I’m currently working on a story related to Where Treasure Hides, but it’s not the sequel. Before I wrote WTH, I wrote a story about Marie Wyatt, the American actress who works with Ian Devlin on a mission. That’s how Ian came to life. I love the story and truly hope to get it published. And then, hopefully, I can write the sequel. It’s such a scary prospect, but I know fans want that story. And truly, so do I.

      Thanks so much for your comment.

  17. Charolette

    I would love to win a paperback

  18. This book is on my TBR list! 🙂
    No, I don’t usually highlight or take notes when I’m reading.
    Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

    • Yay! I love it when my stories are on TBR lists and shelves! Thank you, Rachel.

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