Awards, NEWS

We Did It Again—Part 2

Last week, I announced that Rose’s Redemption had made the Selah Awards finals. I now have the updated badge to “prove it.” (as if I had to—it’s on every list).

Writing contests are important in showing you where you’re at as a writer. When I first entered Meghan’s Choice (MC) in the ACFW Genesis contest back in 2014—she didn’t even make the semi-finals (the top seven entries)

I took all the criticism (HARD) but tried to incorporate what the judges said to improve my story and my writing. I’d learned from some of the best writers and I tried to learn well.

I got MC professionally edited, which helped a lot. Then, I got my courage up and entered more contests. I entered the last Operation 1st Novel—and made the semi-finals of that (one of ten).

I also entered Best Opening Paragraph and Best First Page and The Golden Leaf at the Advanced Novelist Retreat in 2015. It got 3rd in Best Opening Paragraph, and 2nd in Best First Page, and Honorable Mention in Golden Leaf.

That encouraged me. So, when I wrote Rose’s Redemption (RR) last year, (and 2017), I got it edited, and I entered contests. She did well! 1st place in BOTH Best Opening Paragraph and Best First Page. And 2nd in Golden Leaf. RR also made the finals of the Phoenix Rattler (ACFW Arizona).

Last year, I entered MC in three contests, and made the finals of two of them. So, this year, I entered RR in one contest.

If she doesn’t win, I may be somewhat disappointed, but I’ll survive it. Just knowing I made the finals cut is extremely satisfying.

Both Meghan’s Choice and Rose’s Redemption are available from Amazon. Here are the links if you’d like to check them out.

Meghan’s Choice Paperback:        Meghan’s Choice Kindle:

Rose’s Redemption  

Awards, Encouragement, NEWS

We Did it Again!

God is so very good. On Friday, I learned that Rose’s Redemption made the Finals of the 2019 Selah Awards! Meghan’s Choice did last year. It’s such an honor to make the finals because the Selah Award is very prestigious.

A contest of the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers’ Conference (BRMCWC), (one of the largest Christian Writers’ conferences in the country), the Selah Awards are given to the best published works from the year previous. Last year, because Meghan’s Choice was published in 2017, it made the 2018 finals.

So, we’re thrilled to have made the finals in the Western Fiction category, just as Meghan’s Choice did last year. I love entering the Selah Awards because I’m not traditionally published and I don’t have “best-seller” status. The Selahs don’t require that as some other contests do.

The awards will be given out on Wednesday, May 22nd. That’s some time to wait, but we’re very happy about it. Our third western novel, Hannah’s Hope is about halfway through the first draft. We hope to release it later this year. Stay tuned.

Both Meghan’s Choice and Rose’s Redemption are available from Amazon. Here are the links if you’d like to check them out.

Meghan’s Choice paperback:        Meghan’s Choice Kindle:

Rose’s Redemption 

NEWS, SPECIAL EVENTS

Rose’s Redemption Launch Party

If any of you live close enough, let’s say, central Pennsylvania, Delaware, or northern Maryland—we’re officially launching our second novel, Rose’s Redemption this Saturday, February 2nd, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Javateas-Donecker’s, located at 333 North State Street in Ephrata, Pennsylvania. #RosesRedemptionLaunchParty #BookSigning #JavateasDonecker’s @a3writers @donnalhsmith TWEETABLE

A year ago, we had a lovely book signing of Meghan’s Choice at the same location. We had a wonderful time.

Expect a live shot from the party, but I can’t tell you exactly when just yet.

I’ll be having a drawing to give away two great prizes: two different King Arthur Flour mixes: one for cheesecake, the other for coffee cake.

We’ll have copies of Rose’s Redemption available for sale, as well as Meghan’s Choice, if you don’t have that one.

Javateas-Donecker’s serves breakfast and lunch. Here’s more information about them: http://javateas.com/wp/ Their website has a menu to help you plan your visit. We encourage you to come hungry and thirsty. Support Javateas and come on in and get yourself a book!

So—come on out and see us! We’ll be waitin’ for ya! 2-2-19 10-1 333 N. State St., Ephrata, PA #BookSigning #RosesRedemptionLaunchParty #JavateasDoneckers @a3writers @donnalhsmith

NEWS

Rose’s Redemption Launch Party/Book Signing

Hey everyone in the central Pennsylvania area!

We’re having a launch party/book signing for our latest release, Rose’s Redemption on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at Javatea’s-Donecker’s just north of downtown Ephrata, PA. We’ll be there from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. So join us for brunch or lunch. #RosesRedemption #BookSigning #LaunchParty @donnalhsmith www.donnalhsmith.com TWEETABLE

We’d love to have you join us and take advantage of gourmet teas, coffees, espressos, and wonderful foods for breakfast, lunch, or just a snack.

Here’s their website: http://javateas.com/wp/ — their website has downloadable PDF menus, and all the information you need.

Javateas-Donecker’s is located at 333 North State Street in Ephrata, PA.

Hope to see you there!

If you have any questions, please let me know. #RosesRedemption #BookSigning #LaunchParty @donnalhsmith www.donnalhsmith.com