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Where She Belongs by Johnnie Alexander | New Novel News

Where She Belongs
by Johnnie Alexander

January 5, 2016
Revell
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Shelby Kincaid is ready to move on from her grief. With high hopes for the future, she longs to purchase her family’s ancestral homestead 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’ll have her work cut out for her.

AJ Sullivan never wanted the homestead. Inherited as a punishment from his grandfather, it has sat empty for fifteen years and fallen into ruin. He’s glad to finally unload it. But a clean break isn’t possible when he can’t get the young widow Shelby off his mind.

Get to know Johnnie...

Do you have a nickname? Care to share?
My grandchildren (and sometimes my daughters) call me Malize. It’s a silly story. My older daughter, Bethany, was a high school cheerleader. At one game, the announcer mispronounced her name which my younger daughter Jill found hysterical. As she told the story to others, the mispronunciation worsened. Jill started calling Bethany, Belize. In retaliation, Bethany called Jill, Jilleze. And somewhere along the line, I became Malize. It stuck.

If you could live in a fantasy world, who’s would it be?
Definitely Middle Earth. I’d love to visit Rohan, the Shire, Lothlorien, and Rivendell.

Would you rather go to the future or go to the past?
I’d like to go into the past and talk with my ancestors. My mom’s parents died before I was born so I never got a chance to know them.
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). Where She Belongs (Misty Willow Series; Revell) is her first contemporary novel. Her first novella, The Healing Promise (Courageous Bride Collection; Barbour), releases in 2016.

She also has won Best Novel and Best Writer awards (Florida Christian Writers Conferences), and Bronze Medalist (My Book Therapy Frasier Contest). She volunteers as marketing director for the MidSouth Christian Writers Conference.

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 with a small herd of alpacas and Rugby, the princely papillon who trees raccoons.

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