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Judy Alexander
Santa Ana, CA

Struggles with Faith Chronicled in a Southwest Novel

When a young mother of twins refuses to feel sorry for herself despite facing an unwanted divorce, she ends up offering to help a colorful older woman who tells of her lifelong struggle to find a family. But is this natural storyteller revealing the truth about her troubled life? If not, she may be putting the young mother in danger, both physically and spiritually.

Author Judy Alexander draws from her own journey through divorce and the resulting spiritual awakening to create memorable characters in Desert Medicine (release date November 2007, Kregel Publications, 400 pp., paperback, $13.99, ISBN 978-0-8254-2008-5). This is Alexander’s first published book, after nearly 20 years of rising early to write.

“Judy Alexander has written a beautifully woven story of an unexpected friendship that provides enough grace and enough hope to heal a wounded heart,” says Lynne Hinton, author of The Arms of God. “This is a lovely novel.”

In Desert Medicine, Laurelle, who manages a plant nursery, discovers the true meaning of family and grows spiritually while helping Rhoda, an eccentric older woman from her church. Rhoda relates her own feisty search for family, beginning as an abused girl in 1930s Panhandle Texas, sent to live in border town Calexico, California, with a maiden aunt who runs a home hospital.

Desert Medicine is a lovely and touching novel, rich with authentic characters whose stories will warm your heart,” says Earlene Fowler, national bestselling author of The Saddlemaker's Wife and Tumbling Blocks  “Laurelle's uneasy spiritual journey is both real and tender, one I enjoyed sharing. A wonderful debut.”

Alexander works as a freelance writer and photographer in Orange County, California. She holds an M.B.A. from the Graduate School of Management at the University of California in Irvine. The mother of two sons, she lives with her husband in Santa Ana, CA. She manages four websites:,, and

"In our skeptical, sophisticated times, it is refreshing to meet a writer who cares deeply about God and other people and who isn't afraid to show it,” says Paula Huston, author of By Way of Grace. “In this big-hearted first novel, Judy Alexander draws her characters with such loving precision that I found myself thinking of them as friends. Desert Medicine is a great read."

To arrange a book signing or interview, contact Judy Alexander at 714.972.8884 or You may also request a pre-publication electronic galley to review for your blog, newsletter or print publication.

Desert Medicine is available for preorder wherever books are sold. The ISBN number is 978-0-8254-2008-5.

Bookstore owners can order through any book distributor or directly from the publisher:
Kregel Publications
PO Box 2607
Grand Rapids, MI 49501-2607
Toll-free: (800) 773-2607
Fax: (616) 451-9330