Let’s Chat! Donna L.H. Smith

Welcome, everyone!

Donna L.H. Smith is our honored author guest this week. Donna writes historical western romance and is one of the dearest of the dear. I met this wonderful Christian writer at a retreat in North Carolina a few years ago and was immediately smitten. 

Donna is offering a print copy of one of her books to someone who joins our circle. That’s a terrific opportunity, so join in the conversation below, and you might win the drawing. Winner announced here on the blog and on Facebook Wednesday morning, February 6

Here’s author Donna L.H. Smith in her own words.

Pre-Author Life of Donna L.H. Smith

Donna L.H. SmithI was born and raised in Newton, Kansas. I have two college degrees in mass communications. I’ve been everything from secretary, to a radio reporter, to a certified balloon decorating artist, to a marketing assistant to a freelance writer of magazine and newspaper articles.

A Debut for Donna L.H. Smith

Donna L.H. SmithWell, you know a bit of the story about my first book, Meghan’s Choice. We were both semi-finalists in the last Operation First Novel — and then you WON IT! We were both students of DiAnn Mills in the CWG Craftsman program, except you completed it first. I was in the last Craftsman class DiAnn mentored.

I’ve had a couple of weird rejections (which I blogged about) from an agent and a contest I’d entered. For those wanting the gory details, they can go to my blog: Writing Emotional Pain—Without Bleeding Too Much on Your Readers” and “Please—Get Your Facts Straight.” Writing about those experiences healed me quicker.

An Agent for Donna L.H. Smith

But I will tell you my God story — of how I got my agent. As you know, DiAnn Mills started our Facebook group—ANN. She asked me to ask Cyle Young. Then a couple months later, he started a website called Almost an Author. He recruited me to be a part of A3 — and now I’m the managing editor! And the website is only 3-1/2 years old!

A few months after A3 started, in the fall, we were all at the Advanced Novelist Retreat in Asheville. I saw Cyle in intense discussions with Diana Flegal—you know, the kind you don’t interrupt. Later, he announced to all his A3 columnists, “I’m being recruited to be an agent! What do you all think of that? We’re all like: YAY! He signed me a week later.

Book One: Meghan’s Choice by Donna L.H. Smith

Donna L.H. SmithIt’s through a special Amazon program because I have an agent, that I’m published. It’s called Amazon White Glove. I’d given up being published and was ready to throw Meghan in the trash can. But another Hartline client encouraged me to ask them about White Glove. I received word two years ago, while having the flu, that Meghan’s Choice would be published.

Book Two: Rose’s Redemption by Donna L.H. Smith

Donna L.H. SmithThere’s nothing like getting those books in your hands for the first time. When I got my second book a couple months ago, I couldn’t wait to put Rose’s Redemption side by side with Meghan’s Choice. Now I can’t wait to get Hannah’s Hope done, so that later this year I can put all three together!

What’s up With Donna L.H. Smith now?

I’m currently writing Hannah’s Hope, serving as Managing Editor of A3, and taking classes on inner healing so that I can help people overcome emotional issues that could hold them back from God’s plan—in the form of weekend retreats. I may be retirement age, (yikes, I’ll be 65 this summer), but I’m just gettin’ started! And I’ve got so many more stories to write!

How to Find Donna L.H. Smith (She’s not in Kansas anymore)

Website

Facebook: Donna L.H. Smith—Stories Are My Passion

Twitter: @donnalshmith

Meghan’s Choice links: Kindle or Paperback

Rose’s Redemption link:  Kindle and Paperback 

FYI: Meghan’s Choice released as a paperback through CreateSpace before it joined with KDP. So there’s a kindle link and a paperback link. Rose’s Redemption is through KDP, and they also printed the paperback. 😊

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Lord, we bow before You in humility and gratitude for Your love and provision. We thank You for the way You guide us to our callings and bring together Your children with similar passions and callings. Donna’s writing journey is one example.
Please bless each word she writes for You.
~ For Jesus’ sake

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

  1. SARAH TAYLOR

    Thank you so much Following on FB and signed up already for your newsletter Beautiful cover’s on these books sounds like great reads!

     
     
    1. Welcome, Sarah! You are such an encourager. Thank you.

       
       
  2. Alicia Haney

    Your books sound amazing and the covers are Beautiful! I am looking forward to reading your books. Oh yes, sometimes it takes a long time but God Always answers our prayers! God is Good , All of the time. 🙂

     
     
    1. Ditto to everything you said, Alicia! Thanks for stopping by. Please come again. God bless!

       
       
  3. Jane,
    Thank you so much! I am definitely blessed. I am pursuing the Lord and His plans for me – and I encourage others to do the same. Sometimes, we have to wait a LONG time – but if we’re faithful – He IS. I’m just beginning!
    Blessings!

     
     
  4. Perrianne Askew

    It sounds like it was a roller coaster ride getting published. Congrats that you have 2 published books and one in the works!

     
     
    1. Perianne,

      Roller coaster – yes! But I think a lot of authors have that. Very few get published quickly. It usually takes a few years, and it depends on your story, your writing ability, and what you’ve learned.

      Then, God takes all that and puts you where He wants you! 🙂
      Blessings and thank you for your comment!

       
       
  5. Sounds like another exciting author. I love the western novels as my family were early pioneers of this wonderful country. I like to image how difficult their lives were as they traveled through this great land.Thank you for not forsaking your dreams.

     
     
    1. Hi Jane.
      Thank you for your kind words. I love westerns, too. I didn’t actually talk about how I came to tell the story of Meghan’s Choice, my first book.

      I asked the Lord what on earth I could write about. After some time in prayer, I heard in my spirit, “Gunfight at Hyde Park.” I remembered it had something to do with my hometown in Kansas. I had to Google it in order to relearn about it.

      Pieces of an author always make it into their stories.

       
       
    2. Hi, Jane! Seeing your name always puts a smile on my face. 🙂 You encourage me and Donna both. Thank you!

       
       
  6. Tammy

    What a great story. This sounds like a great series.

    Tighefan42atgmail dotcom

     
     
    1. Hi, Tammy. Welcome to our chat circle. You’ve encouraged Donna and me both. You’re entered in the drawing 🙂

       
       
    2. Tammy,

      Thank you. I hope readers will be blessed and challenged in their faith when they read my books. We all go through things, and God is with us – do we recognize Him?

      Blessings!

       
       
  7. JANE QUAIL

    Donna, you are blessed indeed. Our great God and Savior, just to speak His Name is an honor. May He continue to energize your author path. So many of us who follow Linda’s blog are author’s too and we are thrilled for your success!

     
     
    1. Welcome, Jane. It’s always so uplifting to see you in Comments. Be blessed today!

       
       
    2. Jane,
      I left a different comment for you. That’s before I figured out the reply button. 🙂

      I am blessed indeed. 🙂

       
       
  8. Alicia,
    Thank you so much!
    Blessings, Donna L.H. Smith

     
     
  9. Alicia Haney

    Your books sound amazing and the cover pages are Beautiful! I am following you on FB . I will have to look for your books, as they sound and look Awesome!

     
     
    1. Welcome, Alicia! Love having new visitors. Please come back.

       
       
  10. Shonda Fischer

    Following you on Facebook and Twitter also signed up for newsletter. Looking forward to getting to know you better.

     
     
    1. Welcome to our chat circle, Shonda! You’re entered in the drawing. 🙂

       
       
    2. Shonda,
      I am adding you to my mailing list. Thank you so much!
      Blessings, Donna L.H. Smith

       
       

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Let’s Chat! Life & Last Trains


Welcome, everyone!


Life. There’s so much of it to ruminate on.

Lately my rumination into life has taken me to thoughts of lasting impressions and last trains. And to a question I doubt I’ve asked myself before: How many human beings have I encountered in my life? 

Let’s see . . .


Like you, life began with my mother. The doctor who delivered me. My father who held me. The nurses who tended me. My brothers.

It progressed from my home to church, school, doctors’ offices, hospitals, courtrooms, highways, stores, libraries, restaurants, offices, playing fields, neighborhoods, entertainment venues, buses, planes, ships, trains, a family of my own, and on and on. 

Only God knows the number.

Leaving Impressions


Like you, most of the folks I’ve encountered left no impression whatsoever. I was only vaguely aware we shared the same general space. If they disappeared, I’d notice the empty spaces but not the people who had filled them. 

A handful left fleeting impressions. I could’ve told you some tidbit about them at the time, but I forgot them in minutes or hours, sometimes days.

Others left more significant impressions that stayed with me for weeks or months. Some, even years. But even they have faded now.

But a few—a select and unique few—have left such deep impressions on my thinking, feeling, and behaving that I’ll carry them with me until my body or memory fails.

As it turns out, purely coincidentally, one of those is the only train engineer I’ve known. His name is Eddie Largen. And he’s preparing for the end of his life.

Why Eddie?


It isn’t because he was a train engineer, although that does set him apart. 

Nor is it because of his good looks. He’s been easy on the eyes all his life.

It isn’t because he’s a Christian, although that is true.

It isn’t because we married into the same family. We did. 

Nor is it because he’s a sterling son, husband, father, and grandfather. He is.

Lasting Impressions

I‘ll  remember Eddie for his unabashed, authentic enthusiasm. It’s unforgettable. 

Unabashed. Eddie is enthusiastic whether others share his fervor or not. His passion finds its own time and place.

Authentic. There’s no need for Eddie to fake or force enthusiasm. It’s part and parcel of WHO he is. 

Enthusiasm made Eddie a skilled train engineer who stayed the course in more ways than one. He provided a stable home and legacy for his girls and grandchildren and love and security for his wife, Sandra.

Enthusiasm has made Eddie a well-groomed gentleman. An able builder. An exceptional singer. Bible student. Christian. A devoted son, brother, husband, father, and grandfather. Friend.

Eddie’s Last Train


Eddie’s enthusiasm will translate into Glory. I can see him now—meeting, greeting, shaking hands and chewing the fat. Laughing. Singing. Enjoying a banquet. Running with his arms stretched wide and hollering, “Jesus! Jesus!” 

Move aside, angels and saints. Eddie Largen’s last train is coming ’round the bend.

You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy.
John 16:20b NIV

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