Joy to the World

The Christmas Season is upon us. We have the best news to share. Jesus, God’s Son, came to Earth as a baby. He became man so He could die for us and pay for our sins. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 Let Earth receive her King!!

A Christmas Treasure Hunt is Available

A Christmas Treasure Hunt  Malcolm is disappointed when his mom is called in to work. They were supposed to trim the Christmas Tree. He and his friends find a note. It says they can decorate the tree using Bible clues in a Christmas Treasure Hunt. As they read the Christmas story, they discover the true meaning and treasure of the holiday.

I have the perfect Christmas gift ideas for you and your loved ones. Check out my books.  Either contact me or go to Amazon.com or BarnesandNobel.com

Weekend at Coldwater Christmas Bazaar

We had a wonderful time visiting with old friends, so many people we knew when we lived in Coldwater, KS over twenty years ago. There were many beautiful items for sale. And, I had a successful day selling and signing books.

Praise God Today

Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow

Praise Him All People Here Below

Praise Him Above All Heavenly Host

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

We have so much to be thankful for!! What a great country we live in. Of course, we are far from perfect. There is division and strife, but this is not the first time in our history that this has happened. We need to stay on our knees in prayer for our nation and its leaders. “I exhort, therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.” I Tim. 2:1-2 

Last Friday afternoon, we attended an event at the Americana Theatre in Branson, MO called Freedom’s Journey, about the founding of our Country on Christian principals. Most of our Founding Fathers were professing Christians and sought God’s leadership. We have prospered for over 225 years because of God’s blessings. We need to pray God will continue to bless us. Our granddaughter, Michaela, got to sing in a children’s choir at the end of the program.

Book Signing in Coldwater, KS

This next Saturday, we will be in Coldwater, KS at the annual Christmas Bazaar with my books. We are excited to see our friends from the area. We lived in Coldwater for 21 years while our kids were growing up. We have many fond memories of our time there. 

Interview with Tierney James

I am excited to interview my friend, Tierney James. Tierney decided to become a full-time writer after working in education for over thirty years. Besides serving as a Solar System Ambassador for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, and attending Space Camp for Educators, Tierney served as a Geo-teacher for National Geographic. Her love of travel and cultures took her on adventures throughout Africa, Asia, and Europe. From the Great Wall of China to floating the Okavango Delta of Botswana, Tierney weaves her unique experiences into the adventures she loves to write. Living on a Native American reservation and in a mining town, continues to fuel the characters in the Enigma and Wind Dancer series.

Tierney, I understand your new book, Black Mamba, will be released today, November 13th for $.99 on Amazon. I’m sure everyone will want to get their copy,

Yes, it will be available at:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07JN58JYM.

In your last book, Kifaru, you introduced a character who was part villain and part hero. He is back in your latest Enigma book, Black Mamba. Why did you choose to create such a problematic person to be the center of attention?

Life has problems so to avoid them in my work would just be boring. When we don’t have to go through the danger ourselves, living through someone else makes the story exciting. We have all met someone one we wanted to trust but something inside us screamed to be careful.

Where does Black Mamba take place and why did you choose this location?

The story takes place in Botswana, African. Since I’ve been there I felt I could bring some real-life experience to the tale.

What did you learn while writing this book?

More than I wanted to know about the snake black mambas! Those babies are super scary

How much research was involved in writing a story like this?

Since I had been to Botswana I knew what I needed so I didn’t have to sift through mounds of useless information.

Do you always travel to the places you write about or is it all research?

I wish I could, but no. That would be too costly—and dangerous!

Where will the Enigma team go in the next book?

Russia!

What kinds of things inspire you when you write?

A story. A song. A picture. A news article.

How do you fit writing into your day?

I am a full-time writer so it is my primary focus. I start the day out by checking my social media followed by editing, then writing for several hours. Lunch. Laundry. Several more hours of writing. Editing. I usually do promotional work in the evening.

What places to visit are on your bucket list?

Israel. Vatican City. Istanbul. Tibet. Jordon (Petra). Iceland. Greenland. The Isle of Skye. Russia.

It has been fun getting to know more about you and your new book Black Mamba. I hope everyone will go to Amazon and get a copy.


God is Good

Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savor of his knowledge by us in every place.  II Cor. 2:14

Writer’s Retreat

I had a wonderful weekend at the Women’s get-away Writers Retreat. It was a refreshing time with friends at a beautiful campground near Racine, MO. Ginny Polentz and I had an interesting trip there, with some unplanned scenic side trips. We enjoyed the beautiful colors of the trees.

My newest book! Available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

I didn’t get as much writing done as I planned, but Sharon Kizziah Holmes, with Kids Book Press, and I worked on my children’s book, A Christmas Treasure Hunt.  It was released on Tuesday, November 6th and is available on Amazon.  https://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Treasure-Joyce-Valdois-Smith/dp/1945669640

Beautiful scenery at the retreat.
A wonderful group of writer friends.  Ginny wasn’t feeling well.

New House closing

Our daughter’s new home

Our daughter, Holly and her husband, Erik, closed on their new house in Springfield on Tuesday. They are now proud first-time home owners. We are so happy for them!