Book Review of Where Treasure Hides by Johnnie Alexander

I highly recommend everyone read When Treasure Hides by Johnnie Alexander. This is my new favorite “Book of the Year” and my favorite era! The author has set a riveting story in Europe during the beginning of WWII and the following years.

I’ve always found this author’s novellas very good, but this is her first long fiction I have read. I was blown away by the details she weaves into the story so naturally. I learned things I never knew about the war years, and about writing a historical novel! Ms. Alexander ties the whole thing up by using many of the details and characters from hundreds of pages earlier. This book is just shy of four hundred pages, but she definitely held my attention for the whole journey. I kept reading just one more chapter after another! And she keeps ramping up the suspense even until the very last page! The last sentence of the Epilogue makes me hope she will do a follow-up book for Where Treasure Hides to fill in this new information.

So, if you like historical fiction especially about World War Two, I hope you will order and read Where Treasure Hides. Also, I love the double-meaning of the word treasure for both the art and her family. You will find a treasure in this read!

Bio: Johnnie Alexander creates characters you want to meet and imagines stories you won’t forget. Her award-winning debut novel, Where Treasure Hides (Tyndale), is a CBA bestseller. She writes contemporaries, historicals, and cozy mysteries, serves on the executive boards of Serious Writer, Inc. and the Mid-South Christian Writers Conference, co-hosts an online show called Writers Chat, and interviews inspirational authors for Novelists Unwind. She also teaches at writers conferences and for Serious Writer Academy. Johnnie lives in Oklahoma with Griff, her happy-go-lucky collie, and Rugby, her raccoon-treeing papillon. Connect with her at and other social media sites via





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Urgent Prayer Request for the Ukraine!

In 2009, I had the privilege of Traveling to the Ukraine with a mission group. We spent much of our time visiting an orphanage and doing VBS-type Bible lessons, crafts and plays with the children. We also attended several churches in the Donetsk area. The people we met were very friendly and loving. They also loved the Lord and we all worshipped Him together.

That is why I was distressed when I received a message two nights ago saying that some time ago, all protestant churches in a certain area of Eastern Ukraine had been expected to turn in their papers for registration, so they did. But they were all turned down and now have been informed that their buildings will be confiscated and they are not allowed to meet in homes.

We pray for them and for this very thing not to happen elsewhere. So please add the wonderful Ukrainian people to your list of persecuted Christians to pray for. And also pray for the persecutors that they may see and accept the Light of the Lord Jesus Christ. Shine, Jesus, shine, fill this land with the Father’s glory!

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Guest Blog and New Book by Alexis Goring

Book blurb for Love in Pictures by Alexis A. Goring:

Wedding photographer Michelle Hadley has a passion for diversity and believes that love comes in all colors. So, she’s working hard to convince editors to feature her clients’ images on the covers of the mainstream bridal and wedding magazines.

Despite having a career that focuses on celebrating forever love, Michelle has never actually been in a romantic relationship, and she’s not looking for love, until she meets the one man she cannot forget.

Since his fiancée broke his heart, Logan Emerson’s focus has been on his career. He’s won awards for his work as a print journalist and dreams of greater success on television as a broadcast journalist. But his personal struggle presents many challenges that might prevent his dreams from coming true.

Michelle doesn’t date often, and since his heartbreak, Logan has shied away from the dating scene. But something about Michelle awakens Logan’s desire to love again.

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Author Bio: Alexis A. Goring is a passionate writer with a degree in Print Journalism and an MFA in Creative Writing. She loves the art of storytelling and hopes that her stories will connect readers with the enduring, forever love of Jesus Christ.

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Ours for a Season–new book out by Kim Vogel Sawyer

Ours for a SeasonKim Vogel Sawyer the author of Ours for a Season is known as the author of “gentle stories of hope.” Her newest book offers much hope to those who most need it–the homeless, those who have been abused and used by others, and those who need to learn to forgive–themselves and others.

Marty and Anthony Hirschler, the Mennonite heroine and hero of the book, are childless, and Marty has let that condition drive a wedge between her and her husband and between her and God. But God is still in control and uses many people and events to draw her back to His loving arms as well as rekindling a love for her husband and her God.

There are some not-so-gentle situations in this book, but the author handles them very well and grows her characters through these experiences with the other characters in the book.

This book also shows Marty going thru the ordeal of cancer and its treatments as she nurses her best childhood friend through it. This book shows how God can stretch people for their own good and His glory–a book you don’t want to miss!

I received this book from the publisher for an honest review which did not affect my opinion at all.

Kim Vogel Sawyer

Award-winning, bestselling author Kim Vogel Sawyer wears many hats. As a wife, mother, grandmother, song-singer, cat-petter, and active participant in her church’s music and women’s ministries, her life is happily full. But her passion lies in penning stories that share the hope we can all possess when we place our lives in God’s capable hands. She and her retired military hubby live on the beautiful plains of Kansas, the setting for many of Kim’s books. In her free time, she enjoys quilting, traveling with “The Hubs,” and spoiling her quiverful of granddarlings.

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A new visitor to my blog with a new book–Gina L. Diorio

Welcome, Gina L. Diorio. I hope that like your mother you will write more books and grace us with your presence again.

Last week I featured MaryAnn Diorio, and this week I am featuring her daughter Gina L. Diorio. Do you think they look somewhat alike? I do. When I saw that Gina also has a new book out, and it is about something I am very interested in–the names and attributes of God and their meanings, I immediately ordered it on my kindle, and asked her to do a short post for my blog this week. Here’s what she said about her reason for writing this book:

The funny story about this book is that I say I “accidentally” wrote it. I had no intention of writing a book, but last November I decided to start sharing on Facebook different names of God along with my studies of what they mean. I didn’t know how many entries I would have—by the time I got to twenty-something I decided to continue to 40 and stop there. Afterwards, a few friends said they would love to see this available in that’s how I “accidentally” ended up with a book with my name on it. I just pray people come to know God more intimately through it. And I pray it will be only a starting point for people to dive into Scripture themselves and come to know the awesome God we serve.

The Amazon link is here –
(Amazon required that I charge at least $0.99. But it’s also available as a free e-book on
Barnes & Noble –
and iBooks –

(It’s also available on Scribd, Playster, Kobo, and Tolino.

Gina’s bio: My bio is rather simple :) I’m a displaced Jersey girl living in Pennsylvania. Currently I work in communications for a non-profit focused on public policy. I love studying Scripture and diving into the meanings of the original Greek and Hebrew. And in my free time, I run and play the piano.

Thanks for visiting and telling us where we can find this book!


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MaryAnn Diorio and her New Book!

POEMS FOR WEE ONES by Mary Ann Diorio

Thank you so much, Rose, for inviting me to your blog once again. I always enjoy being with you and your wonderful readers.

You asked about my newest release, a children’s picture book titled POEMS FOR WEE ONES. This book started a long time ago, when my children were preschoolers. They are now in their forties, so this book has been almost 40 years in the making. Now that’s a long time!

When my daughters were “wee ones,” we had a bedtime ritual of making up silly stories and poems. We would laugh and laugh as the stories and poems got sillier and sillier—and bedtime got later and later.

I remember one night, in particular, when my physician husband had to work late at the hospital. He got home around 10pm, and my children and I were still laughing and making up silly poems. It was a school night, and we were having so much fun that the time had gotten away from us.

Over the years, I discovered that I loved to write children’s poetry and wrote many poems. Those poems were the seeds that eventually sprouted into POEMS FOR WEE ONES.

My talented illustrator, Valeria Wicker, has captured the emotional essence of my poetry. Valeria and I have collaborated on three books together: Candle Love, Do Angels Ride Ponies? and now POEMS FOR WEE ONES. We really click artistically and have become great friends in the process of working together. If you are looking for an outstanding illustrator, I encourage you to consider Valeria. You can view her work and reach her at

To this day, my children and I still sometimes communicate via poetry in our emails. We have great fun and still laugh and laugh and laugh!

New Release!
A delightful gift for that special child in your life!


POEMS FOR WEE ONES will delight the young child in your life with its lilting verses and its charming illustrations. Studies have shown that reading poetry to children contributes to their healthful emotional development.

According to Scholastic Parents Magazine, “nursery rhymes, songs, and poetry are key parts of preschool reading. Listening to, and repeating, poetry is a wonderful way for children to learn phonemic awareness.” *

POEMS FOR WEE ONES will stimulate your child’s mind, bless your child’s soul and warm your child’s heart all at the same time. Makes a great gift for Christmas, birthdays, new baby, christening, and other special occasions. Be sure to recommend this book to your church’s children’s ministry and church nursery, your child’s preschool, your pediatrician’s office, or any other place where children’s books are read and enjoyed.
Thank you!


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