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! Author Jane Quail

Welcome, everyone!

Jane QuailJane Quail (Jane Waughtal outside of writing) has joined our circle this week. What a pleasure it is to introduce you to this author who hails from the ultra-southern tip of Texas where I grew up—the Rio Grande Valley.

A couple years ago, Jane contacted me via my website. She had met one of my high school friends. My name came up. And before we knew it, Jane and I had “met” in cyberspace. Then we discovered we share the same passion for Christian fiction.

Jane’s preferred genre is inspirational western romance, but she has dabbled in contemporary, fantasy, children’s books, and a Bible study entitled “Under the Cover of His Word”. I’m delighted to introduce you to Jane Quail. Here she is in her own words. (Check out her giveaway below.)

Who Is Jane Quail?

What a wonderful privilege it has been to meet such exciting authors on Linda’s “Let’s Chat”.

Growing up Jane

My early years were spent growing up in LaGrange, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. One of my most important formative experiences was the “going-home” of my dear Mother.  Though my heart was broken, God saved me only a month later. All part of His plan.

Heartbroken again, my dad, who was an alcoholic (and, yes, I am ACOA) wouldn’t listen to my urging him to seek treatment. Can you imagine, he told me he liked being the way he was. On a positive note my aunt told me Dad came forward at one of my Southern-Baptist-preacher Granddaddy’s, services and gave his life to Christ as a young man.

We are now card-carrying, word-twanging “y’all”-ers from Texas. Yes, it has ultimately become our “Home, home on the range”. Corny, I know – Alright, I apologize!

Jane Quail

Grown-Up Jane

Marrying one year out of high school, my husband and I went back to college after a short break. Two weeks after graduation from college, our first-born son burst on the scene, followed by two more sons and a daughter.

As Motherhood overtook most of my free time, what was left was devoted to composing music, singing, and playing at our home church. Also, teaching private piano, organ and voice lessons.

Jane Quail
eing gifted musically came straight from my mother’s heart. A gifted musician herself, she made it possible for me to be well educated musically. Now I continue to utilize these wonderful outlets for my growing relationship of love and dependence upon our great God and Savior the Lord Jesus Christ.

Writing Jane Quail

Reading and teaching music were appropriate apertures to prepare me for the coming life of storytelling. Additionally, my own romance of the “cute-meet” with my husband when we were teens, and our dating and ultimate marriage, provided that true-to-life, appropriate experience for the amour interests in my stories. Creating attention-grabbing characters, appealing storylines, and page-turning enticements so that the reader longs to know more has been my goal.

Jane Quail
ver time numerous yarns began to take form in my imagination, and they eventually overflowed onto paper and became possible storylines. I now have over 200 pages worth of these ideas, including several true-to-life family stories.

While I was caregiver for my mother-in-law for several years, she rewarded me thoroughly with our warm and close personal relationship. I came to know her as a 2nd Mother. Mom had a marvelous life history (including witnessing a Dillinger bank robbery), which I will recount in a future book. Her story will fascinate and astonish. Now Heaven is her home, but what a marvelous blessing she has been to our family!

Also, on my dad’s side is a rich, living background of running from an almost serf-like existence in the “old country”. I am proudly 4th generation American. I soaked up stories of my dad’s family ancestry rife with overwhelming agony and adversity through the victory of deliverance from hardship. What a foil Grossmutter’s and Grandma’s stories will be for several more novels! If you haven’t guessed, that’s German for great-grandmother.

What’s Up With Jane Quail Now?

Jane Quail
eing a Christian author in our world today is a challenge, certainly, but I still believe the most important objective for the Christian author is to have a message for the reader. Of primary importance is sharing my faith. At the same time, I want to deliver an impressive story that has the reader on the edge of his/her seat begging for more. With God’s help this is my highest, anticipated goal.

Life is the most valuable teacher for all of us who aspire to write. I learned the value of the “good guys” winning the day and the “happily-ever-after.” But real life can be exceedingly different. However, by design we write to entertain, give our readers a break from the everyday routine. That is often what entices the reader and whets the appetite for inspirational romance. My first effort at this creative outlet is The Redemption of Honor.

What’s Next for Jane Quail?

Jane Quail
urrently, I am writing two novels. Both are western romances with adventure, danger and angst enough, hopefully, to bring tears and belly-laughter.

Looking for the publisher is the most challenging part of being an author. If anyone knows of a good publisher looking for a prolific author, please let me know!

A Final Word From Jane Quail

Linda, thank you for this opportunity to share with other authors and readers. Everyone who is featured in “Let’s Chat” has challenged and encouraged the rest of us. I hope I have done so too. Sharing about ourselves tells a little something about the Source, the Lord God our Creator and Sustainer.

God bless you, Linda, for your continued efforts on behalf of so many of us who aspire to share Christ, while creating interesting, exciting, adventurous and romantic stories.

I pray this for all of us, that we may honor the Savior in telling our stories in exciting ways. He has provided them, and we express what we cannot withhold. 

I look forward to rewarding one of you who responds with a signed, paperback copy of my first published book, The Redemption of Honor. Thank you for what I know is your precious time. Hope to see y’all at the next ACFW Conference!

How to Find Jane Quail

            Facebook:     @StorytellerComposer

            Twitter:          @JaneQuail1 (please note the number 1 at the end)


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Lord, You move in mysterious ways, even to connect your children. Bringing together two people with the same writing goals through a high school friend from 50+ years ago shows us only one thread of Your Providence. Thank you for using all Your children in Your plan for humanity. Now we pray You’ll bless each word Jane writes for You.
~ For Jesus’ sake

16 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Author Jane Quail

  1. Marilyn R

    A beautiful post with Jane Quail. It’s uplifting to read testimonies of God’s amazing grace and love that changes an individual. I remember an elderly man (known as an alcoholic) asking me to pray for him after his wife passed away. In time, I teamed up with a couple to teach a Bible Study to him. Thankfully he saw his need of God and knelt one Sunday at the altar with tears running down his face. Then when he was baptized another glorious moment.
    Linda, thank you for featuring Jane Quail here for us readers to meet.
    Blessings as you both write Christian stories–only ones I’ll read. Merry Christmas

    1. We’re most effective when we’re vulnerable, aren’t we, Marilyn. I love hearing authors open their hearts and show us even the discolored spots. Thanks for your faithful readership.

  2. Susan Wallace

    Linda, you never cease to amaze me. I enjoyed reading about your life Jane. I can actually relate on so many levels being an ACOA. God sure has a plan and a time for each of us. It was the death of that alcoholic ( the only god I had ever known) hat put me on my road to meeting our Lord and Savior.

    I have always enjoyed Christian writers. I was blown away by the first one I ever read. I believe you are all following a divine plan.
    God bless and have a peaceful, memorable Christmas

    1. Your comment brought tears to my eyes, Susan. I love you, Cuz!

    2. Returning to this blog blesses my heart and refreshes those author “juices” that keep us going. Right, Linda? Many of us share a history of desiring to write, and having many ideas for doing so, but not actually putting “pen to paper” until some years later. The best part of that being-in-print delay is the maturing of our hearts and our relationship with the Lord. Sharing the Lord our God’s Truth out of our own experiences helps produce the story that becomes a page-turner. May God bless us all as we approach a new year and new opportunities to share Christ in the realities of life. Praise His Name!

      1. Amen to your words, Jane!


    Oh my I Loved reading this story and meeting Jane Thank you so much Linda I Love reading about New Authors and when you have a friendship like that Linda and Jane it Blesses Me to read these wonderful Stories! Thank you and Merry Christmas!

    1. What fulfillment and affirmation your comments bring. Thank you, Sarah.

    2. Thank you, Sarah. Merry Christmas to y’all! One of the great blessings of celebrating Christmas is the music. Everyone please forgive my lateness to respond. Our choir, for which I am the accompanist, has just completed seven (7) programs praising our wonderful Savior! It thrills my heart to participate in making this most glorious music!


    I too first heard the “cute meet” phrase in the Holiday movie. Didn’t you just love the theme of it, not the over the top sex part so much, but Eli Wallach was wonderful! Thank you for the thoughtful comment!

  5. Wow! I very much enjoyed “meeting” Jane Quail! Her life accounts were very interesting and I would love to read her new book as Christian Historical Romance is my favorite reading. I too grew up in Illinois 50 miles North of Chicago and I write inspirational articles and devotionals.
    I enjoyed her “meet cute” expression.😊 The first time I heard that was in the movie “The Holiday”.

  6. marita jarrett

    Although at the beginning it seemed like you did have some rough spells it’s refreshing to know that even authors are like everyone else. I think sometimes we paint a picture of what an author is like. I also love the fact that you do try to think of a christian message in your book as well. Thank you for sharing!


      How refreshing! Marita is a beautiful name. May I use it in one of the books to come? Yes, life happens, as the saying goes, though I don’t usually like to include verbiage of the day. Life has been what God directed and used to bring me to the place where He wants me to be. Your honest comment is so appreciated.

  7. Diane Buie

    Jane, A Dillinger bank robbery? Wow; you are so blessed to have a relative that can share that with you. what a story! Thanks for writing!

    1. That Dillinger tidbit is amazing, isn’t it? Thanks for stopping by.


      I was all ears for that one – Mom’s best friend was actually taken captive while she watched, and held on the running board of Dillinger’s vehicle with several other bank employees, and then dropped off several miles outside of town. What a story! Thank you for your interest 🙂


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