Let’s Chat! Author Naomi Musch

Welcome, everyone.

Naomi MuschNaomi Musch is our honored author guest this week. Naomi writes historical romance. The cover of her latest release–Mist O’er the Voyageur-takes my breath away! 

Naomi is offering a giveaway. Instructions are at the end of this article. So read on, friends. I think you’ll be as captivated by this author and her beautiful novel as I am.

Who Is Naomi Musch?

Hi, everyone! I am delighted to be a guest on Linda’s blog today. Thank you, Linda!

If I’m a new author to you, let me introduce myself. I grew up as a country girl in central Wisconsin, determined to live as adventurously as I could get by with (sometimes to my parents’ chagrin). Yes, I was a bit of a rebel, but I Iike to think I just had a creative spirit that God was molding.

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decided to become a writer at the ripe old age of ten years old. Of course, I took a lot of detours along the way. I kept writing while I grew up, moved away from home in a vintage 1960s camper, went to school for a while.

Naomi MuschThen I got married and had babies (5 of them!). Homeschooled for years and years. Worked in various jobs—the most fun of which was being a barista in a bookstore coffee shop. And now I’m a grandma with my 11th novel just having released one week ago! These days my husband and I live on a deer farm—still loving the adventure—in the big woods near Lake Superior, close to our kids and grandkids.

A Debut for Naomi Musch

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y first novel, The Casket Girl, is now out of print. No, it was not a gothic. It was a romantic adventure of the French and Indian War.

Since that time I’ve written in several genres, but mostly historical fiction with a strong romantic thread. It hasn’t been easy, and I’m sure most authors would echo that statement. Every time you read a novel you love, just know that there are authors who’ve come close to sweating blood to get it to you.

Yet, that’s how we all grow, isn’t it? God challenges us in the areas we love, growing and improving us along the way. It’s easy for me to admit that my writing has improved as he’s taken me through that honing process along the way.

What’s Up With Naomi Musch Now?

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hese days, I’m not looking for fame. I’m just thankful for the opportunities he’s given me to be published. I’ve met so many wonderful people along the way and learned so much.

Many of my previous books went out of print just this year when my former publisher closed their doors. Rather than be discouraged about that, I look at it as an exciting opportunity to improve those stories before they go back out into the world again.

Naomi MuschGiven that nine of my other books are out of print, the way God has moved in the last year is even more amazing than I first realized. As I said, I just had a brand new novel, Mist O’er the Voyageur, come out with Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas Smitten line last week. Just over a year ago I signed that contract.

A Transforming Decision for Naomi Musch

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rior to that signing, I had to make a huge decision of whether or not to accept the offer. Sound silly? Not when you know that in order to do that—to fit the Smitten line—I had to make some drastic changes to the story. Not just your average edits either. Those I’m used to.

See, I had written an historical that was romantic, but not particularly an historical romance. To better shape the book for Smitten, I had to cut the last third of the novel and reshape many of the internal chapters to suit the new ending! Yeah, do you sense the bloodletting? That’s a LOT of cutting. After much prayer and deep consideration—along with a few “Woe is me” moments—I agreed.

Mist O’er the Voyageur

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fter her aunt’s death, Métis woman Brigitte Marchal finds herself alone in Montreal. Uninterested in the convent and desperate to flee a loathsome suitor, she disguises herself as a young man to travel west by voyageurs’ brigade in search of her long-absent, fur-trader father. But her inexperience and disguise don’t hide her for long.

Naomi MuschRené Dufour yields to the unwelcome position of shielding Brigitte, but he cannot hide her identity forever. Keeping her safe while meeting his North West Company obligations and honoring his family promises may prove to be more disquieting to his heart than he imagined.

As Brigitte adjusts to the voyageur life on Lake Superior, she struggles to justify the faith she grew up in with the mysticism around her, but greater still is the conflict her heart must settle over who to trust in this rugged, unfamiliar country.

Insights From Naomi Musch

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t was a great, God-led decision. In the end, I had a beautiful love story, still fraught with the wilderness adventure and early American history I love. PLUS, I had no idea at the time of acceptance that my other publisher would be closing. Do you see how God was a step ahead, preparing my way, though I couldn’t see how it would work out? I am SO GLAD I accepted that contract! Besides, now I’m even more excited about re-releasing my previous books as a hybrid author.

Oh—and one more thing. I’ve signed a second Smitten contract. This one is for a novella that will become part of a four-author, Highlander collection coming out in November 2019. My story there is titled “A Tender Siege”. Watch for it!

How to Find Naomi Musch

I love engaging with readers and getting to know more about YOU! Visit me at
Twitter: @NMusch
Amazon Author Page

A Giveaway Offer From Naomi Musch

Naomi MuschThose who sign up for my newsletter will receive my award-winning short story “Ellie Hollis Gets Her Man” in the November issue. And there’s a DRAWING!

I am giving away THREE eCopies of Mist O’er the Voyageur in October, one each on the 10th, 17th, and 24th of the month. On the 31st I’ll give away a Grand Prize Package which includes: a Signed Paperback Copy of Mist O’er the Voyageur; 8×10 watercolor print “Estuary” by northland artist Viola LaBounty; Philippians 4:13 Blue Soul Scrips Flex-Cover Journal; Flowered Note Card Set; and Miscellaneous Swag.

Use the Rafflecopter to enter, and follow the blog hop for repeat chances to enter:
Oct. 5: Colonial Quills https://colonialquills.blogspot.com/
Oct. 10: More Reason to Write https://naomimusch.blogspot.com/
Oct. 16: Stitches Thru Time http://stitchesthrutime.blogspot.com/
Oct. 17: Linda Brooks Davis http://lindabrooksdavis.com/blog/
Oct. 27: The Over 50 Writer http://www.pattishene.com/theover50writer
Oct. 29: Linda Yezak https://lindayezak.com/
Oct. 30: Winner announced at naomimusch.com and via her author newsletter

Click Rafflecopter to enter the giveaway! 

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Dear Lord, through Jesus You separate us as far from our sins as the east is from the west. You provide messages of healing and hope, purpose and promise in the beautiful stories You give writers like Naomi. We thank You for your limitless love and boundless grace that reaches north to south, east to west, and into eternity.
Please bless each word Naomi writes for You.
~ For Jesus’ sake




7 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Author Naomi Musch

  1. Thank you for the comment, Betty! Glad to hear it. 😀

  2. Betty

    What lovely books! You are a new author to me, but not for long!

  3. Patty, what a great way to grow up–in a house of books! I love that you aunt gave you books too. Best gift ever!

  4. Patty

    The question in the Rafflecopter asked how we were introduced to Christian fiction… I grew up in a Christian home with an older sister who also love to read, so I think I just inherited the books after she read them. Also, my aunt always gave us books as gifts from a young age.

    1. Your aunt sounds like me—giving the girls she loves Christian fiction. It’s the best! So glad you joined us, Patty. Hope you’ll come back.

  5. Thank you for praying for me and my writing so beautifully. It means so much.

    1. My honor and privilege, Naomi.


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Let’s Chat! With Joyce Valdois Smith

Welcome, everyone!

Joyce Valdois Smith is our author guest this week. She writes historical romance and children’s picture books. (Valdois is her maiden name, which she figures makes Joyce Smith a little more distinctive.) 

Joyce, I understand where you’re coming from. Davis is a very common name. And Linda? Forget about it! It was the most popular name in the U.S. Census the year I was born, so there have been Lindas everywhere I’ve gone. Until it “aged out,” that is. 

Readers, Joyce is offering *Romance Along the Rails as a giveaway–print or digital, winner’s choice. So scroll down and join the conversation, everyone.

*P.S. Congratulations to Perrianne Askew, winner of Joyce’s historical romance, Romance Along the Rails!

Now, Joyce Valdois Smith in her own words …

Who Is Joyce Valdois Smith?

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grew on a wheat farm in Kansas, the youngest child in the family with three older brothers. I graduated from nurses training and attended one year of Bible College before I married my soulmate, Bob. We have four married children and twelve amazing grandchildren. I worked as a Public Health and School nurse then retired to care for my parents. My father had Alzheimer’s Disease.

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Joyce Valdois Smith’s Writing Journey

I began to write when I was about 40 years old. I took the writing course, Institute of Children’s Literature, and joined a small writer’s group. I also began my first novel based on the Harvey Houses along the ATSF railroad and the Harvey Girls.

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t the PIW writer’s conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Multnomal Press offered me a contract. But due to the pressures of caring for my parents and fear of not meeting the deadline, I broke the contract! I later finished the novel, which I entitled “Tables on the Prairie”, but after many discouraging rejections and life trials, I quit writing for about 15 years.

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y books and stories waited in my computer.
In the summer of 2015 my son encouraged me to begin writing again. I revised and edited my historical romance novel, and it was released in January 2018, Romance Along the Rails

Some Tidbits About Joyce’s Books

Joyce Smith_Romance-RailsRomance Along the Rails takes place in 1885. Elise Dumond, the heroine, is a Harvey Girl in Kansas and the hero is a surveyor for the ATSF Railroad. The sequel, Home For the Heart, which I am currently working on, takes place in 1900 and also follows the Harvey Girls. Elizabeth (Liz), who was a four-year-girl in the first book is the heroine in Home For the Heart. I plan to write two others in the series, one in 1920, which takes place in New Mexico or Arizona, and the last one during WW2.

I also published a children’s picture book, Grandpa Forgot My Namein November 2017. I had written it as a memorial to my father and my husband’s mother who both died of Alzheimer’s. My desire is that it will help children, who have loved ones with dementia, deal with the disease.

I also have other children’s books waiting to be published. The next one, A Christmas Treasure Hunt, should be released in November  2018.

Insight From Joyce Valdois Smith

My favorite Bible verse concerning my writing is Habakkuk 2: 2-3.

And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.” (NKJV)

The Lord gave me this verse when I was so discouraged about ever being published. His timing is always right. Never give up on your dreams.

How to Find Joyce and Her Books

Joyce Valdois SmithFacebook 


Instagram: rgjlsmith70



Romance Along the Rails

Grandpa Forgot My Name

Grandpa Forgot My Name

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Lord, we applaud and praise You for always showing up at the right time. We frail humans are persistent in our expecting Your answers in OUR timing rather than Yours. Thank you for proving Yourself faithful in Joyce’s life–and in our own–even when we struggle to force Your time clock to match ours. Now, would you bless Joyce as she endeavors to be a faithful witness to Your goodness?
Bless every single word she writes for You.
~ For Jesus’ sake

8 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! With Joyce Valdois Smith


    Thank you so much for sharing your story with the readers I love to read and this books sounds like a very good book Thank you Joyce and Linda love reading and joining in on these blog post!

    1. Thanks for joining us, Sarah!

  2. Alison Boss

    Thank you, Joyce, for sharing your writing journey! Waiting is always the hardest part, but the Lord is faithful! I am so glad you persevered with your writing! I can relate to caring for your parents who battle with Alzheimers disease. My father passed away after struggling with advanced Dementia, and my Mother-in-law is currently battling Alzheimers. It is so sad to see their state of mind decline.

    I LOVE historical Christian fiction! It is my favorite genre to read. Your book, Romance Along the Rails, sounds like a wonderful read! God bless you as you continue to write for Jesus!

    1. My mother experienced dementia in her last few years. It was hard on everyone. (But I have a funny story or two also.) PS: Someone posted in Facebook today that President Trump recently announced $425 million for Alzheimer’s research.

  3. Thank you. I would love for you to read my books. Alzheimer’s is a brutal disease. I wish they could find a cure. I pray II Timothy 1:7 “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

    1. Amen, Joyce.

  4. Perrianne Askew

    I admire your diligence in continuing to write. I’ve enjoyed other Harvey Girls Novels. Your flexibility show in writing children’s books also. I’m happy you’ve adressed Alzheimers disease. It is terrible and we lost my grandmother to it many years ago. Congrats on the new release and upcoming books!

    1. I feel the same way about Joyce’s diligence and devotion in continuing to write. I’m eager to read about her Harvey Girls.


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