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Monday, July 27, 2015

Johnnie Alexander - Where Treasure Hides

Good Monday Morning Readers!

Today,  Johnnie Alexander visits Lagniappe to discuss her latest release, Where Treasure Hides.

Welcome, Johnnie!

Tell us a little about 
Where Treasure Hides.

Alison Schuyler, a Dutch-American artist, doesn’t expect to fall in love while waiting for her train at London’s Waterloo Station. Especially not with a British soldier on the eve of war. But she’s enchanted by Ian Devlin’s heroic kindness to a young Kindertransport boy. And by Ian’s heart-flipping grin.

The turmoil of war, and an obsessed Nazi officer, may keep the couple apart for a while, but nothing can separate two hearts destined for one another.

As they face their own unique challenges, Alison and Ian struggle to survive without losing hope in God’s promises for their future.

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?

If you could be any character, from any book who would you be? Why?

This is such a fun question. And with so many possibilities, how can I choose just one? However, I once quipped to a friend that I had resigned my seat on the Jedi Council to become a Lothlorien Elf.

I’m not really a fan of science fiction or fantasy, but I loved the original three Star War movies and several of the books, and I’m a huge Tolkien fan. My favorite of his books is The Silmarillion which tells Middle Earth’s creation story and the history of the elves.

I’m intrigued by Tolkien’s imaginative world and would love to inhabit it. Except when Sauron is spreading his evil shadow across the land.

What Bible verse speaks to you the most? 

Colossians 3:1-3 is my “life” passage. This Scripture urges us to set our hearts and our minds on things above where Christ is seated at the right hand of God (paraphrase). We are to deliberately focus, both emotionally and intellectually, on what is heavenly and eternal because our lives are hidden with Christ. 
These verses dwell deep within me and often provide comfort and joy.

What is the best non-writing advice you ever received? 
My mom used to say, “Don’t wish your life away.” I still hear that whenever I say, “I wish . . .” Of course, now that I’m a mom and a grandmom myself, I better understand the wisdom of those words.

What led you to choose the genre in which you write? 
My fascination with World War II history gave me little choice! A few years before The Monuments Men movie was released I had delved into the Nazi looting of art and knew I wanted to include that in a novel. I’m switching to contemporary with my next release, but I still have at least one WWII story I’d like to write.

What is your hope for the readers of your books? 
Both Alison and Ian rely on specific Scriptures as they face their own challenges during the war. My hope is that readers will also hide these verses in their hearts for their difficult times. I also hope my readers close the last page with a sigh of contentment even while wishing the story hadn’t ended. Alison and Ian have lingered in my heart for a very long time—I hope they linger in others’ hearts, too. J

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful? 
If you love Where Treasure Hides, please tell your friends about the story; leave a positive review on Amazon and other retail sites; and request your library purchase a copy. 
Please let me know if your book club reads the novel. I’d love to chat!

 What can we expect from you in the future? 

My next novel, Where She Belongs, is the first of three contemporary romances in the Misty Willow Series. It releases from Revell in January 2016, and I’m hard at work on the second book in the series. I’ve also recently signed a contract for a historical novella, tentatively titled The Healing Promise, for Barbour’s Courageous Brides collection. The story takes place in Nebraska in the late 1870s.
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Pride and Prejudice or Gone with the Wind? Pride and Prejudice
C.S. Lewis or J.R.R Tolkien? Tolkien
Socks or slippers or both? Socks (I love socks!)
Vacation: Beach or Mountains? Mountains
Birthday Card: Email or Snail Mail?  Snail mail

Johnnie Alexander writes inspiring stories that linger in the heart. Where Treasure Hides, her debut novel, won the ACFW Genesis Contest (2011) and Golden Leaf Award (2014). The first of her three contemporary romances, Where She Belongs (Misty Willow Series), releases from Revell in January 2016.

She also has won Best Novel and Best Writer awards (Florida Christian Writers Conferences), and Bronze Medalist (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 lives in the Memphis area where her morning chores include feeding dogs, cats, chickens, and a small herd of alpacas. 

Johnnie, thanks for sharing!

Johnnie's, question to readers:

Many people risked their lives during WWII to protect valuable art. In Where Treasure Hides, Alison risks her life to protect her father’s greatest masterpiece, a portrait of her deceased mother. Is a “thing” ever of more importance than a person’s life? And if not, why are so many willing to sacrifice themselves to protect what they value?

Readers, thanks for visiting Lagniappe.

I pray you find 
"a little something extra" 
in each of your days.


Monday, July 20, 2015

Patricia Bradley - Gone Without a Trace-Giveaway!

Good Monday Morning Readers!

Today, Patricia Bradley visits Lagniappe 
to discuss her latest release, Gone Without a Trace

Welcome, Patricia!

The past is repeating itself—and time is running out

It’s been more than two years since homicide detective Livy Reynolds’s cousin disappeared from Logan Point. Unlike most people in her hometown, Livy has never believed that Robyn left voluntarily. When Dallas private investigator Alex Jennings contacts her concerning a senator’s missing granddaughter who was last seen in Logan Point, Livy notices eerie similarities between the two disappearances. With self-doubt plaguing her after killing a teenager in the line of duty and an almost instant dislike of the self-assured PI, she’s finding this investigation an uphill battle. But with the prospect of finding her cousin on the horizon, she’ll have to find a way to work with Alex—before it’s too late.

Tell us a little about Gone Without a Trace
The story started in my mind when I wrote the first book,Shadows of the Past, and discovered Amy Reynolds’ cousin had been missing for two years. I wanted to know what happened to her. So I let Amy tell me and voila, Gone Without a Trace.
What Bible verse speaks to you the most?
Goodness, there are so many, but Psalm 37:4 and 7 are verses I claim a lot. “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart…wait patiently for the Lord.” For a long time I ignored verse seven. J.

What is the best non-writing advice you ever received?
Walk a mile in another person’s shoes before you judge them.
Briefly describe one of your typical writing days?
When I’m writing, my weekly goal is 15,000 words. I usually get up between 5:30 and 6, do about 20 minutes of stretches and leg lifts (to keep from having knee surgery), then coffee and my quiet time. I’m usually at the computer by 7:30 and after I check email, I write until I have at least a thousand words. On a good day that’s around ten. On a not-so-good-day it’s noon. Either way, I take a break, check email again, eat a snack or lunch, and if it’s lunch I sometimes take a nap and start writing again by 1:30. Then I write until I have three thousand words or it’s 4:30. After dinner if I don’t have my word count, I go back to the computer and write until I get them or fall over asleep. :-) I like to get my word count by Friday, but that’s not always the case and I will work Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Monday morning it starts all over again until I have the first draft down, which is the suspense thread. Once that’s down, I go back and enhance the romantic and spiritual threads.

What led you to choose the genre in which you write?
I’ve always loved to read suspense, so that’s what I naturally gravitate toward.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not writing? Hobbies, etc?
I’m also a potter and love to work in the clay.

 Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Writing the romantic thread.

What was one of the most surprising things you've learned while writing your books?
How long it takes.

Where do you write? Can you describe your favorite writing place? (If you’d like to send pictures that would be great! Attached to the email please don’t embed in the Interview word doc.)
I love to write on my deck, and in fact is where I’m writing now with my cat, Suzy in the chair beside me. I’ll include a photo.


Plotter, Pantser, or Planser?
Coffee or Tea?
Coffee—my freshly ground beans with a hint of hazelnut.
Dogs or Cats?
Steel Magnolias or Fried Green Tomatoes?
That’s like asking me which child I like best.
Y’all or You Guys?

Y’all, definitely, being from Mississippi, but never all y’all.

About Patricia:

Award-winning author Patricia Bradley keeps you on the edge of your seat with a case—and a relationship—that is anything but certain.

“Patricia Bradley has hit a home run. The suspense is high, the romance is sweet, and the villain is one you want to see caught and brought to justice. Gone without A Trace, a novel of forgiveness and finding one’s place in the world, brings home the point that while not everything in life may go the way you want, God is still in control. Can’t wait for the next book!”—Lynette Eason, bestselling, award-winning author of the Hidden Identity series

Patricia Bradley is the winner of a 2012 Daphne du Maurier Award and a 2012 Touched by Love Award and was also a finalist for the 2012 Genesis Award. The author of Shadows of the Past and A Promise to Protect, she is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. Bradley makes her home in Mississippi. Learn more at

Pat, thanks for sharing!

Readers, thanks for visiting Lagniappe!

Patricia's is giving away a copy of Gone Without a Trace. Answer her question to be eligible to win:

If you could do anything in the world, 
what would it be?

I pray you find a
"little something extra"
in your day!