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.

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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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Let’s Chat! Pegg Thomas

Welcome, everyone!

Pegg Thomas is standing in our author spotlight this week. Welcome to our circle, Pegg!

Romance writer Pegg hails from Michigan’s Lower Peninsula and loves horses. Matter of fact, she’s giving away one paperback copy of The Pony Express Romance Collection to one reader who joins our conversation below. Just mention something about horses–one you have owned, what you like about them, or maybe some experience involving a horse–and you’re entered.

Now, here’s Pegg . . .

Who Is Pegg Thomas?

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y name is Pegg Thomas. Yes, that’s with two ‘g’s. My brother is Greg, although our mom originally spelled it Gregg. I guess she had a thing for names ending with double consonants.

I live on a hobby farm in the northeastern part of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. We love everything about the Great Lakes, and one of our favorite pastimes is watching the giant freighters float by.

y husband and I raise sheep and chickens, garden, and keep a small orchard of trees and berry bushes. I’m also a hand spinner and love to create beautiful garments from our sheep’s wool.

What’s Up With Pegg Thomas at Present?

Besides my own writing, I’m the managing editor for Smitten Historical Romance, an imprint of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. I guess you could say that I keep busy.

Speaking of busy, I have a new book coming out in November. While I’ve been published in three previous Barbour historical romance collections, this one is near and dear to my heart because it was a project that I organized and presented to Barbour for publication. I was thrilled when they contracted it! The title is The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides Collection. Yes. It does fit with my passions in life.

A Bit About “Anna’s Tower” by Pegg Thomas

My story in the collection is “Anna’s Tower” and takes place almost in my backyard, on Thunder Bay Island. There was a fairly well-known shipwreck that happened right off the island on a foggy fall night in 1883. I decided that my hero would be a stowaway aboard the James Davidson. Once I knew that much, I needed to figure out who would want to stowaway from Buffalo, New York, to Duluth, Minnesota, in 1883.

A little research led me to Russian immigrants who were fleeing the pograms, the Russians’ attempt to exterminate the Jewish race. Great! Except for one little thing … I knew less than nothing about Russians of that time period. I dove into my research at about the same time all the Russian collusion stories started clogging up the news feed. I’m pretty sure I’m on some government watch list by now, but that’s a risk we authors have to take for our craft, eh?

A Pegg Thomas Giveaway

hile The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides Collection doesn’t come out until next month, I’d love to give one paperback copy of The Pony Express Romance Collection to one of your readers who lives in the continental U.S.

As you can imagine from the title, this collection has a LOT of horses in it. I lost my old horse, Trooper, about a year ago. He was twenty-five years old. I still miss him and will always love horses. To enter the drawing, tell me about a horse you have/had or what you like about horses.

Where Readers Can Find Pegg Thomas








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P.S. The winner of the drawing for Pegg’s giveaway is Sarah Taylor! Congratulations, Sarah! 

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Lord, we readers and writers come into Your presence grateful for the gift of language, whether written or spoken or symbolized in other ways. The words we read and write will someday pass away. But You, the Eternal Word, will last forever. We pray You will use the words we read, speak, and write to reveal a bit more about Yourself. Draw us ever closer to You through Your Word. And please bless each word Pegg writes for You. 
~ For Jesus’ sake

20 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Pegg Thomas

  1. Rita jarrett

    Always loved horses. My daughter currently cleans stalls so she can ride and at local barn. The are a special animal!


    Love horses they are beautiful have never owned any though Thank you for the chance to win the book!


    I think Horses are beautiful animals never owned any but I know my grandchildren love reading about horses I even purchased a horse blanket for my grandson for his birthday one year and he sleeps with it every night. My sister-in-law had a beautiful paint horse and she was beautiful Thank you Pegg for this awesome giveaway and Thank you Linda also!

    1. Welcome to our circle, Sarah. You’re entered in the drawing! I hope you’ll come back to visit.


        Thank you so much Linda And Pegg and Thank you so much for the giveaway I love to read paperback books so excited I won and Linda I will be back to visit!

    2. Pegg Thomas

      Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Vivian Furbay

    My Grandpa had a gentle horse that all us kids loved to ride. His name was Slippers and he was all most pure white. He never got rowdy until Grandpa had to brand him so he could sell him.

    1. Welcome, Vivian. My grandmother sent her sons to school on a horse. I can’t imagine setting a 6 yr old on a horse and sending him miles through the countryside to school—-alone. Two years later, she added a second son, and then a third. I guess she saddled a second horse for her younger two.

    2. Pegg Thomas

      I love that name, Slippers. 🙂

  5. Paula Shreckhise

    I have ridden a horse very slowly once! I think they are majestic, beautiful animals. I enjoy movies about horses, like War Horse and National Velvet.

    1. I’m with you there, Paula. I’ve always admired the majestic horse. When we began having Weekly Reader available to us in 4th grade, I often ordered stories about horses. My father was a farmer who didn’t need horses for the fields (That was his father’s generation.) So having a horse was a luxury—one we couldn’t afford. So I longed for a horse (of course) … until the day a neighbor came to call on a “pony” who was the most stubborn, ill tempered creature under the heavens. I never shall forget the utter horror I felt when he bolted from our property down the country road with me pulling on his reins so hard I was actually lying on my back! That basically cured my desire to own a horse, but it did nothing to diminish my admiration of their beauty.

    2. Pegg Thomas

      War Horse is a great movie. A real tear-jerker for all the right reasons. 🙂

  6. Pegg Thomas

    I love grays! I started with a Shetland pony as well, her name was Honey. Had a lot of good times growing up with her.

  7. I meant to add, sorry about Trooper 🙁

  8. Hey, Pegg! I so enjoyed your guest post. I’m SO impressed that you spin your wool and make garments! WOW! I’ve always loved horses. As a girl, I guess you could say I was obsessed 🙂 My first real horse was a Shetland pony, Twinkle Toes, a beautiful silver-dappled gray. He rode home on my lap in the back of Daddy’s car at 6 mo old 🙂 We were best friends.
    As an adult, I inherited a herd if twelve AQHAs. One 6 mo old filly shared my birthday, evidenced by a scrap of paper I found that said Bingi foaled on May third. That was in 2001. Her name is Bliss and she’s a fabulous gray 🙂

  9. Pegg Thomas

    Oh … that is sad. 🙁

  10. Perrianne Askew

    I like horses because they are beautiful animals and for the most part sweet and gentle. Unfortunately like most animals I am alergic to them. I remember going to Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament on a kids field trip in Dallas. I sneezed the WHOLE time! I could barely eat my dinner. So, no more horse riding for me. 😢

    1. Hi, Perianne. I love seeing you in our circle. We’ll enjoy Pegg together. 🙂

      1. Perrianne Askew

        Thank you! Pegg is an incredibly talented woman. It’s amazing that she spins her own yarn, that really is a lot of work. Plus incredible writing. I’ve just begun reading Anna’s Tower and loving it.

        1. Pegg Thomas

          I’m glad you’re enjoying “Anna’s Tower,” Perrianne. That one was fun to write. 🙂


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