Blogging, Writing

Summer Break – A Time to Pause & Reflect

I’ve been blogging regularly since 2009. I’ve had several blogs on a couple different platforms. I started this blog in 2014 to show my writing journey to publication. I made it. I’m published. But I have other interests and things God is preparing me for.

So rather than publish every week, at least for this summer—I’m taking a bit of a break.

I’m only going to write when I feel I have something to say. Something important. Something eternally significant.

Feel free to enjoy the archives—which I know you do. What is it about “Stuck—A Winter Disaster Story” that intrigues you readers so much? It’s summertime, and people are still reading it. I am pleased and amused.

And let me know what you’d like to see on this blog. I’ve kind of changed the focus, and I may do so again—but I love feedback. Id’ love to know what you like about the website, and what you don’t.

In the meantime, may you have a blessed summer!

Blogging, Encouragement, Inspirational, Writing

Happy BLOG Birthday—Part 2

It’s funny. I couldn’t think of a thing to blog about, but a little thought crossed my mind. How long have I been doing this blog? I remembered starting it toward the beginning of 2014. And I wanted to talk about the process of writing a novel and getting it published. #amwriting #BLOGbirthdayFeb172014 #fiveyears @donnalhsmith @a3writers

I can hardly believe that next week will be the fifth anniversary of this blog! For the rest of the month of February, I’ll be sharing about the blog, plus some of the highest viewed posts and my thoughts about them.

Here’s the second post I published on this blog. It’s entitled “A Rose by any Other Name.”

I’ve come a L-O-N-G way, baby! #amwriting #BLOGbirthdayFeb172014 #fiveyears @donnalhsmith @a3writers

Blogging, Encouragement, Inspirational, Writing

Happy BLOG Birthday—Part 1

Nearly five years ago, and next week we’ll celebrate more, I started this blog. I’d been blogging on another platform with other emphases. But I started this one after I closed my homemade organic chocolate truffle business in 2014. I’d been making chocolates for seven years. I was getting older and wanted a change. I decided to give writing one last push. #amwriting #BLOGbirthdayFeb172014 #fiveyears @donnalhsmith @a3writers

2014 was a pivotal year for me. I was gonna turn sixty, yes, sixty. Let’s put it this way, I wasn’t looking forward to it. My husband has always looked forward to milestone birthdays because that puts him in another runner’s category—being the youngest age in an age group, rather than the oldest.

For this week and next, I’ll be recounting and re-posting some of my earliest posts from this blog. Originally, I wanted to talk about “process.” How life is a process. That becoming a writer is a process, just as becoming published is.

Click here to see that first post.

You’ve seen my sorrows and my rejoicings on this blog—all about the process of getting my first novel published. #amwriting #BLOGbirthdayFeb172014 #fiveyears @donnalhsmith @a3writers

Holidays, Writing

Facebook Party December 3rd

Hello Everyone! Again, I’m pleased to be part of a special Facebook Party. But this time, I’m promoting Rose’s Redemption. My second book in the Known by Heart series is hot off the press, so to speak and is available from Amazon and from this website.

It will make a great Christmas present for the book lover in your family and friendship circle.

Here’s the link to the Party. Enter to win all kinds of wonderful prizes! The grand prize is to win a copy of ELEVEN books – many of them Christmas stories.

My slot is 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. EST. I’ll be giving away a mini-journal set and one full-sized lined journal from Eccolo. They’re beautiful and just the thing Rose would write in if she kept a diary.

Rose’s Redemption takes place during Fall 1871 through Spring 1872. So Thanksgiving and Christmas are celebrated. Rose Rhodes gets a very special Christmas present from her boss, Dr. Scott Allison.

Rose’s Redemption also introduces the main characters of Hannah’s Hope – due out in about a year. I’ll be spending a lot of the holidays writing the first draft.

Hope to see you there!

publishing, romance, Writing

Announcing: Rose’s Redemption Release

The Kindle version of Rose’s Redemption is now available from Amazon. You can also pre-order the paperback version here on this website. Once the paperback has become available, we’ll be glad to sign and ship your paperback to you.

The fun part about being an Indie author is that you never know exactly when your book will go live. It’s not like traditional publishing houses that reserve time with their “printer.”

My two novels, Meghan’s Choice and Rose’s Redemption are published through a special Amazon program called White Glove. It’s agent-assisted self-publishing. I do all the basic choosing of photos and templates, and the literary agency I’m signed with makes sure it really looks good. Sometimes that calls for a slightly different picture or font style, to ensure the book will look it’s absolute best!

I’m thankful that the agency/publisher is doing all the “dirty” work for my first three publications. I know that my book doesn’t look self-published, and that makes me very happy.

Here’s the Amazon link.  If you’d like to order it from me, click here.

To learn more about this book, click here.

A final note…when you finish reading Rose’s Redemption, we ask that you leave a review on Amazon. That helps authors. Thank you.

Plotting, Writing, Writing Resources

Plotting 4 Pantsers — Part IX

Today, we’ll wrap up our series on Plotting 4 Pantsers, and for the rest of the year, we’ll reblog some things about plotting from a couple years ago. Make your story memorable by appealing to your readers’ emotions. #Plotting4Pantsers #StoryMemorability @donnalhsmith @a3writers TWEETABLE

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Writing, Writing Ideas, Writing Resources

Plotting 4 Pantsers — Part VII

External character struggles revolve around character survival or solving a large problem. How will that problem be solved? That’s what the reader wants to know. #Plotting4Pantsers #ExternalCharacterStruggles #MeghansChoice @donnalhsmith @a3writers TWEETABLE

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