Pat Jeanne Davis: Let’s Chat!

Welcome, everyone!

Pat Jeanne DavisPAT JEANNE DAVIS is our newest honored guest. She lives in Philadelphia, PA with her British-born husband, John. They have two grown sons. She enjoys flower gardening, genealogy research and traveling with her husband. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers and the Historical Novel Society. Pat loves to hear from her readers. Subscribe to her newsletter at

Pat Jeanne Davis has published essays, short stories and articles online and in print. She has a keen interest in twentieth-century American and British history, particularly the period of World War II. Pat Jeanne Davis’s father-in-law served in the British Eighth Army during the war. When Valleys Bloom Again is her debut historical romance set in that era.

Pat is offering a print copy of When Valleys Bloom Again to one U.S. resident who joins the chat below.

When Valleys Bloom Again

Pat Jeanne Davis
A Wartime Romance Set On Two Continents

 After fleeing impending war in England, nineteen-year-old Abby Stapleton works to correct her stammer and to become a teacher in America, only to discover this conflict has no boundaries and that a rejected suitor is intent on destroying her name, fiancé, and fragile faith.

As war approaches in 1939 Abby Stapleton’s safety is under threat. Her father, a British diplomat, insists she go back to America until the danger passes. Abby vows to return to her home in London—but where is home? With her family facing mortal danger so far away and feeling herself isolated, she finds it hard to pray or read the Bible. Did she leave God behind in war-torn London too? Abby becomes friendly with Jim, a gardener on her uncle’s estate.

Jim can’t get Abby out of his mind. Did she have a sweetheart in England? Was it foolish to think she’d consider him? He curses his poverty and the disgrace of his father’s desertion and drunkenness haunts him. Can he learn to believe in love for a lifetime and to hope for a happy marriage?

Abby couldn’t know the war would last a long time, nor that she would fall in love with Jim—soon to be drafted by the U.S. Army—or that she’d have to confront Henri, a rejected suitor, determined by his lies to ruin her reputation and destroy her faith in God’s providence. Will she discover the true meaning of home and find happiness with Jim?

Pat Jeanne Davis

How Writing Began for Pat Jeanne Davis

My desire to write for publication began when I became convinced I had a personal story to share that would encourage other women. This realization motivated me to enroll in a creative writing course. There I was introduced to the basic steps in the writing process. My essay on my experiences while struggling with infertility was critiqued in class.

“Continue to polish your piece and find a publication for it,” my writing instructor advised. So began my journey on the road toward publication.

Many times I reminded myself this writing experience was also part of my walk of faith and that, too, required patience, perseverance and prayer. This passage in God’s Word has been a favorite. “Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart…” (Psalm 37:4, NKJV).

My teacher suggested that I apply for a scholarship to the conference where she was on the board of directors. At the same time, I submitted the story I had worked on in her class to a national magazine for their Mother’s Day writing competition. I sent both the application for the scholarship and the story out in December. I didn’t think anymore about them.

A Blessed Surprise for Pat Jeanne

Five months later and just before Mother’s Day, I went for the first time to GRIT Magazine’s website. To my surprise jumping out at me on the front cover was my piece, Mommy to You Both. There was no mention of the contest or any winners. Two weeks later a check and five copies arrived in my mailbox. This success gave me much needed encouragement and a desire to continue submitting more of my work.

At the end of May I received word that I was awarded an all paid scholarship to the writer’s conference in June. So with renewed enthusiasm and much excitement I attended my first conference. I knew my instructor would be there too. As I was browsing through the free literature provided at this event, I saw a stack of GRIT Magazines. There on the table was the issue with my story. It was an exciting moment as I once more realized that I was not wasting my time trying to become a published writer. But more importantly I saw this as an indication that God was pleased with my efforts to encourage others with my words.

Eventually more of my work was accepted elsewhere. I began to use those clips when querying or submitting to other markets. Since then my essays, short stories and articles have been accepted by other publications.

Another Cherished Dream for Pat Jeanne Davis

Pat Jeanne Davis

But I had another cherished dream as yet unrealized. I wanted to write an inspirational historical novel—the story of my heart. This would take much longer and require a different set of skills.

After more than 10 years spent in learning how to write fiction, writing and then rewriting to improve my novel, and then searching for an agent and finally a publisher, eventually my inspirational World War II romance, When Valleys Bloom Again, released earlier this year. The days since then have been exciting, but at the same time overwhelming with promoting and marketing my debut novel.

Today, I’ve come to even more fully realize that I’m in sync with God’s perfect timing when I ask Him to direct my paths. And it’s never too late to realize your heart’s desire if you don’t abandon your dream.

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Lord, we offer praises to Your name, for You and You alone are good. Remind us of this when we don’t understand Your ways. Please bless each word Pat Jeanne Davis writes for You. ~ For Jesus’ sake

28 thoughts on “Pat Jeanne Davis: Let’s Chat!

  1. Janice Laird

    Hi! Thanks for sharing the story of your road to publication as I am new to fiction, too, and am now drafting my second WW2 novel! Throughout, my characters go through the peaks and valleys of faith, like yours! Thank you for including me in your drawing.

    1. Nice to meet you here, Janice. Thank you for leaving your comment for me. All the best with your WW2 novel. Keep trusting in Him for the results of your hard work. His timing is perfect. You are in the drawing.

    2. Welcome, Janice. Great to hear from you and to enter you in the drawing.

  2. Paula Shreckhise

    I love stories about WWII . My father was in the China,Burma, India Theater. I remember him teaching us Indian words for different foods. He was a cook and drove a supply truck.

    1. Hi, Paula. I’m always happy to hear from historical fiction readers who love stories set in the WWII era. Your father had such an important job. He helped to move the troops through their bellies. You’re in the drawing too.

    2. Greetings, Paula. It’s wonderful to see you in our circle and to enter you in the drawing.

  3. Jane Squires

    Would love to win

    1. Thank you, Jane, for stopping in and leaving a comment for me. You’re in the drawing for a copy of When Valleys Bloom Again.

    2. Hi, Jane. You have my middle name 🙂 It’s great to see you in our circle. I hope you’ll come again.

  4. Vivian Furbay

    I like historical fiction and this sounds like a good one. My Dad was a navigator in planes and flew in WW2.

    1. Thank you, Vivian, for stopping by and leaving your comment for me. You’re entered in the drawing for a copy of When Valleys Bloom Again.

    2. Welcome, Vivian! Great to have you in our circle and to enter you in the drawing.

  5. Bev Knudsen

    I think this sounds like a very intriguing book. I would love to win a copy!!

    1. I appreciate your stopping in to Let’s Chat and leaving your comment, Bev. You too are entered in the drawing for a copy of my debut WWII inspirational romance. God bless.

    2. Hi, Bev. Great to see you among the guests. You’re entered in the drawing. Come again!

  6. Sandy Fuller

    I would love to read your book! World War II is my favorite genre of Christian fiction! Thank you for sharing your story of how you perservered with your writing! Your words are an encouragement for all of us to write our stories and memories to share with our family and friends.

    1. Thank you, Sandy, for leaving this message for me. Your words here have encouraged me today. Yes, continue to write your stories and memories. There are those who want and need to hear them. God bless you.

    2. Hi, Sandy. We’re happy to share the chat circle with you. I hope you’ll come again.

  7. Marybeth Pettitt

    Your book is my absolute favorite time in history and genre, and it is going on my list of must reads! I look forward to reading it!

    1. I so appreciate your stopping in and leaving your message for me, Marybeth. So many of us love stories set in the WWII era. I hope you will love the story of Abby and Jim. God bless.

    2. Welcome, Marybeth. We’re honored by your presence and remarks. Please come again.

  8. Thank you, Alicia, for stopping by Linda’s blog to chat. I appreciate your kind words on my debut WWII novel and the cover too. Many others as well have thought the cover beautiful. My publisher and her designer worked hard to satisfy me there. It was my pleasure to write this post. I’m delighted that you enjoyed hearing about my writing journey towards publication. God bless you too.

  9. Sounds like a terrific read. I love any book dealing with history. So glad you pursued your dream of writing.Upon reading about the British Eights in you comments, I immediately recalled when Linda Brooks Davis and I played clarinets in our school band. One of our favorite marches was British Eights. Already you triggered a historical memory for me. Keep up the great writing.

    1. Thank you, Jane, for stopping by to chat. I’m happy to know that something I said here sparked such a wonderful memory from the days when you and Linda played clarinets in the bank. God bless.

    2. Hi, Jane. It’s always wonderful to see you in our circle. Thanks for the encouraging words.

  10. Alicia Haney

    Hi, first of all your book sounds like a very good read and a very good page turner! I Love, love the cover, it is Beautiful! I enjoyed reading what the book is about and I truly enjoyed reading such an uplifting inspirational article from the author! Thank you so very much for this article . Have a Great rest of the week . God Bless you.

    1. Hi, Alicia. I left a reply earlier but don’t see that. So again I want to thank you for leaving your comment for me. I especially appreciate your kind words on the cover for When Valleys Bloom Again. I’m delighted you enjoyed the blog post and found it to be uplifting. God bless you also.

    2. Hi, Alicia. You’re one of the faithful followers of this blog. I’m glad you could get to know a bit about Pat Jeanne. You have encouraged both of us.


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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.

Joyce Smith-and-family

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

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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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