Donna L.H. Smith Let’s Chat!

Welcome, everyone

Donna L.H. Smith, a dear author friend, is taking the blog reins today. You’ll not find a kinder person anywhere. I know you’ll be glad to get to know her. She’s giving away a digital copy of Rose’s Redemption to someone who joins the chat.

Donna L.H. Smith

Have you ever wanted to change your life? (Chuckle) Everyone wants to change something about their life from time to time. We want to lose weight, eat healthier, exercise, and make sure our spiritual life is on track by spending time with God.

Hello there. Donna L.H. Smith here, and I appreciate Linda giving me this opportunity to guest blog. Linda and I are former students of DiAnn Mills, through the Christian Writers’ Guild Craftsman program.

Donna L.H. Smith: My Life

I was born and raised in Kansas — and yes — my mother’s name was Dorothy! But she did not have a dog named Toto! Her dog was Tiger. I have two college degrees in mass communications, but I consider myself a lifelong student. Currently, I’m studying Christian healing through Global Awakening, concentrating on inner healing to help people mend from life’s hurts. My goal is to host inner healing retreats beginning next year.

Donna L.H. Smith

Donna L.H. Smith: Meghan’s Choice

My debut novel was Meghan’s Choice, available from Amazon. It made the semi-finals of the Operation 1stNovel that Linda’s first book won! (smile). It’s the first novel in the Known by Heart Series.

Donna L.H. Smith: Rose’s Redemption

Book number two is Rose’s Redemption. Here’s the back-cover blurb:

A Former Dance Hall Girl. A Handsome Young Doctor. Can Rose overcome her past? That’s Rose’s Redemption.

Rose Rhodes changed not only her name after the tornado; sheDonna L.H. Smith changed her outward appearance. No more was she Rosalie O’Roarke, former dance hall girl. She loves her new work as a nurse-in-training to handsome Doctor Scott Allison.

As Scott and Rose’s relationship begins to change from professional to personal, they must deal with figures from Rose’s past who make life anything but easy. Rose is concerned that the town will discover her dance hall girl past, especially when Jake Thomas, the man who viciously beat her, asks all over town where Rosalie O’Roarke went. But both Rose and Scott are in for surprise encounters with Christ that will change their lives forever and help them see His plan for them. In fact, they will see God at work all over New Boston.

Pre-published, Rose’s Redemption won second place in the 2017 Golden Leaf Award at the Advanced Novelist Retreat and was a finalist in the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Phoenix Rattler Contest. Published in connection with Hartline Literary Agency, serving the Christian book community.

You can purchase Rose’s Redemption from Amazon. Links for both books are below.


Meghan’s Choice Kindle:

Meghan’s Choice Paperback:

Rose’s Redemption:

Social Media:


FACEBOOK: Donna L.H. Smith––Stories Are My Passion

TWITTER: @donnalhsmith

INSTAGRAM: Donna L.H. Smith

PINTEREST: Donna L.H. Smith. Boards: The World of Meghan’s Choice & The World of Rose’s Redemption

Amazon Author Page/Goodreads/Book Bub: Donna L.H. Smith

7 thoughts on “Donna L.H. Smith Let’s Chat!

  1. So pleased to see your success, Donna. Wish you, Linda, and I lived closer to one another. What a critique group we could have!

  2. So nice to read about you and your successful books. Christian literature is always so uplifting to read. Change is good although the road is sometimes tough to follow. Through God all things are possible. I look forward to reading your books.

  3. Marilyn R

    Nice to learn more about Donna here on your blog, Linda. I recently read Meghan’s Choice, thus I’m happy to see there will be a continuation of Rose’s life in Rose’s Redemption. Thank you God can set free and change each of us with inner healing. Donna, blessings as you pursue your training to be able to host retreats for inner healing. Linda, blessings to you as you continue to write and host this blog.

    1. Hi, Marilyn. Thank you for your support of this blog and for your encouraging comments. You’re a blessing.

  4. Alicia,
    I was so shy growing up that my Aunt Juanita didn’t know I could talk until I was five, because I would hide behind my mother’s skirts.
    In school, I was harshly teased because of being sensitive, something I now understand was due to a root of rejection I’d had since before birth.
    But God is very good, and He has healed and delivered me, so I just want to help others in that way!
    Thank you for commenting!

  5. Alicia Haney

    Hi Donna, so nice to meet you on this blog, I enjoyed reading your interview, and yes, there are some things that I would like to change, so all I have to do is start with the steps to changing that. I know one thing I cannot change is I wish I would have been more outspoken when I was young and in school, I mostly kept to myself, but I guess that’s how I was meant to be, lots of other things can be changed , so all I have to do now is concentrate on those things. I know I tell my grandchildren and i have told my kiddos to not be too shy to speak their minds, I have told them that I wish I hadn’t been a shy person. Your books sound like very good reads and the covers are Beautiful. That is so very nice of you and your studying of Christian Healing, as there are too, too many hurting and in the need of healing. God Bless you my friend.

    1. It’s wonderful to see you in the circle, Alicia. God bless.


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The Awakening of Miss Adelaide: Part Five

Welcome, everyone

World War I
World War I 
plays a pivotal behind-the-scenes role in The Awakening of Miss Adelaide. Consequently, my research into the horrid event was extensive. It brought interesting facts and insights to light.

The World War I Parties

World War I
World War I
, or the Great War, began in 1914. A political dissident assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire‘s throne, in Bosnia. 

Tensions had been brewing across Europe for years. In particular, in the Balkan region of southeast Europe. Alliances among the Ottoman Empire, Russia, and other parties long had existed. But Bosnian, Serbian, and Herzegovinian political instability threatened to destroy them.

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nter Serbian nationalist Gavrilo Princip. On June 28, 1914, this dissident assassinated the duke and his wife Sofie. Princip and others were fighting to end Austro-Hungarian rule over Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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hereafter, the assassination set off a rapidly escalating chain of events. Austria-Hungary blamed the Serbian government for the attack. They hoped to use the incident as justification for settling the question of Serbian nationalism once and for all.

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his was the spark that ignited the world. It’s amazing that an angry 19-yr-old could light a flame that engulfed the world and took over 16 million lives worldwide.

he Central Powers (Germany, Austria-Hungary, Bulgaria, and the Ottoman Empire) fought against the Allied Powers (Great Britain, France, Russia, Italy, Romania, Japan, and the United States).

 World War I Trench Warfare 

World War I
 knew trench warfare was terrible. But I had no idea how horrible until I researched The Awakening of Miss Adelaide.

Imagine trenches–dark dugouts–filled with soldiers. Deep mud. Filthy water and sewage underfoot. Rats. Trench foot (rotting feet) and other diseases. Limited rations. And poison gas.

And several hundred feet beyond, the enemy’s trenches. Between the two, “no man’s land.” Hundreds of feet of barbed wire, mines, and traps. Enemy firepower whizzing: artillery, rapid rifle, and machine-gun. And poison-gas bombs lobbed into the trenches. Tragically, only 1 in 2 men returned from the trenches alive and unwounded.

World War I
orld War I
was brutal in every sense, taking 16 million lives worldwide at its conclusion on November 11, 1918.


I’ll be giving away a print or digital copy (winner’s choice) of The Awakening of Miss Adelaide on August 14. So be sure to join the conversation.

World War I
Initially, readers glimpse Adelaide Fitzgerald in the last few pages of The Calling of Ella McFarland. The beautiful, raven-haired opera star makes another entrance in The Mending of Lillian Cathleen. This story opens on the day the archduke is assassinated. Soon Adelaide leaves the comfort and safety of home to travel to Italy in the midst of war.

Adelaide’s purpose in Italy is revealed in the first few chapters of The Awakening of Miss Adelaide. Thereafter, the Great War in Europe and the women’s suffrage movement in America join hands in drawing Adelaide into conflicts not of her making.

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Lord, may Your mercy and grace shine through the images of disease, discord, death, and destruction in this story. ~ For Jesus’ sake

2 thoughts on “The Awakening of Miss Adelaide: Part Five

  1. Alicia Haney

    Wow, so many lives lost, so very sad. Thank you so very much for sharing this and the pics. Your book sounds like a very good read and with a lot to learn from it. God Bless you.

    1. Welcome, Alicia. Yes. WWI was horrible in many ways. I hope you get to read The Awakening of Miss Adelaide. God bless.


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