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

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

  1. One more thing y’all probably didn’t know about Rose’s Redemption: she got 3rd place in Western Fiction at this year’s BRMCWC Selah Awards! We’re happy about that!
    Blessings, Donna

  2. Aw Clarice & Linda – you guys are so sweet! Well, you know, there are “online” critique groups. I have a partner, another Craftsman that DiAnn put together with me … but you two, even though your styles are different …
    Anyway, good to see you Clarice! Blessings!

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

    1. How I wish that too, Clarice!

  4. 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.

    1. Hi, Jane. Great to see you. I’m glad you’ve gotten to know a bit about Donna. She is such a dear! And so are you.

    2. Hi Jane.

      Thank you! I may not be a bestselling author, but the awards actually mean more! Book #3 is at the publishers and should come out later this year!

  5. 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.

    2. Hi Marilyn,
      Thank you! I’m so glad you read Meghan’s Choice. Would you consider leaving a review on Amazon? And yes, Rose’s Redemption takes Rose places that are uncomfortable. There’s a bit of my history in there, too. I say so. And, I’m going to enter seminary next year for more training etc. for inner healing retreats. God is so good!
      Blessings! Donna

  6. 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!

  7. 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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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)


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


    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!

  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?



    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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