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.
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Outside My Kitchen Window
by Johnnie Alexander
The alpaca herd often saunter past my kitchen window on their way from the pasture to nibble greener grass. Sometimes, to escape the Mississippi Valley mugginess, they shelter under the shade of an unidentified multi-trunked tree.
From where I sit, I can see rose-gray Charro looking down her snooty nose, fawn-brown Sassy, the matriarch who’s the first to alert with the odd goose call when something doesn’t seem quite right, and blue-eyed Snow, the most curious of the bunch.
Sometimes one of the three crias, our springtime babies, gambol and bounce around the sloping yard as if filled with the exuberant joy of being alive. Their white fiber, already thick and lush, is soft to the touch—if you can catch one.
The alpacas distract me from my keyboard toils, but they’re as common a sight as one of the semi-feral cats who claim this land as their own. (The white angora Kimmy lounges on the glider as I write. Morning and evening, she loudly insists on kitty kibble but refuses any contact.)
What’s not so common?
The morning I saw, in the space of only a couple of hours, these three four-legged visitors: a sauntering fox, an ambling raccoon, and a meandering deer.
None of these are strangers. The raccoon hangs around with hopes of sharing in the kitty kibble. She’s watchful of her nemesis, my little papillon Rugby, who has treed her several times.
Deer rarely come into the gated yard, and this one didn’t stay too long.
The biggest surprise was the fox. I’ve seen it and its kin before in the pasture. We eye one another, and maintain a wide distance between us. Their home is beneath a fallen tree beyond the fence.
I moved here, to this Tennessee acreage, from a Florida subdivision where tall sand cranes strutted across the lawn and a baby gator once took refuge beneath my car.
Now here I am, at a kitchen table in a kitchen nook. Writing my stories, checking my email, perusing Facebook . . . and never knowing for sure what I’ll see when I look out my kitchen window.
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?
Where Treasure Hides is currently available as an ebook. The print edition releases August 2015.