Upcoming Release

Pre-order JOANN Apron Strings Book Five here.

One cookbook connects them all…
Joann ~ Book Five in a string of heartfelt inspirational stories, featuring different women throughout the decades from 1920 to 2020.

Twenty-four-year-old Joann Kincaid’s life ambition is to one day run the family’s general store in Pecan Grove, Louisiana. It’s 1965 and the times may be a-changing, but Joann’s father is stubbornly hanging on to old-fashioned views about what he wants for his daughter. She’s just as determined to prove she’s a capable businesswoman.

In the past, she entertained romantic dreams alongside her vision for the store but discarded those notions when her high school sweetheart, Nathan, left for college. Now he’s back to reestablish his family’s farm—and a relationship with Joann. She still loves him but isn’t sure she can trust him.

As the conflict in Vietnam escalates, there’s a real possibility Nathan could be drafted. Should Joann pursue her lifelong dream to continue her family’s legacy? Or give Nathan a chance to prove he’ll be her true and committed love before it’s too late for them?

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New Release

Kaitlyn is competent, smart, and capable—except when a series of disasters threaten to derail the perfect intimate summer wedding she’s arranged for herself and her fiancé, Emerson, at a picturesque Victorian Bed and Breakfast.

As events unfold, one thing becomes clear. Emerson has neglected to arrange some pretty important details, leaving Kaitlyn second guessing her laid-back, forgetful groom. From appearances, he may not be ready to make a lifelong pledge.

In the midst of the chaos and doubts, Kaitlyn encounters her groom’s elderly Aunt Sophie and her husband, Weaver. Sophie assures her Emerson’s love is real, and she should know true love when she sees it. Sophie and her husband are a walking testament to commitment, even though Alzheimer’s daily chips away at Weaver’s memories. Kaitlyn wants to let go of fear, but it’s hard to trust her heart.

Is Emerson simply forgetful, or is the wedding a failure before it gets underway?

To order A Wedding to Remember: A Short Romance click here.

 

Apron Strings Book Series

I’ve been included with a group of wonderful authors and have a book in the Apron Strings Series. For each decade, there will be a different book beginning with a book set in the 1920s and ending with a book set in 2020. A single cookbook ties them all together, but the stories are about different women throughout time.

The lineup includes:

Naomi Musch, Amy Walsh, Jenny Knipfer, Patti Wolf, Jessica Marie Holt, Sandra Ardoin, Lisa R. Howeler, Dawn Klinge, Regina Walker, and Dawn Kinzer, and yours truly. I’m beyond the moon to be in such company.

If you love women’s inspirational fiction, come on over to our reader group on facebook. Click here.

Hope to see you there!

 

 

What I Write

I write southern historical, contemporary young adult novels, and novels for the inspirational and general market.

My stories are about people facing tough times. Not all of my books have romance but when they do, the romances are sweet. No graphic language, sex, or violence, just plenty of heart-tugging emotion. My female leads are strong, if flawed. Endings aren’t sugar coated, but I always strive to leave my readers with a sense of hope.

Life is messy and beautiful. In everyone’s story there is truth and hope. My novels are about common struggles and finding the faith to carry on through those battles.

Where You Can Find Me

I’d love to hear from you. If you would like to connect, find me on Facebook, Instagram, or Goodreads.

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If you’re interested in being part of my launch team for JOANN Apron Strings Book Five or to request an ARC, click here.

If you would like to request an ARC of A Wedding to Remember, click here.

Or you can always drop me a line at donnajostone@gmail.com.

 

Literary Awards

Two-Time Winner  North East Texas Writers’ Organization
First Chapters Novel Contest First Place/Overall Winner 2022 and 2023

Monroe Walton Center for the Arts New Writers Contest

First Place General Fiction/Memoir 2021

 

Writers’ League of Texas Manuscript Contest

Finalist Historical Fiction 2021

 

2020 Jory Sherman Short Story Contest Honorable Mention

Click here to listen to a reading –>Sunflowers on a Windy Day

 

LSUS Exhibit Art & Writing Collaboration

My flash fiction piece, One of the Team, was paired with art in a collaboration with The Shreveport Art Club for an exhibition at the LSUS University Center Gallery in Shreveport, Louisiana.

The painting, by Joan Cole, is titled Edges Series #5.

Click here to listen to a reading –>One of the Team.

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Contributor at Almost an Author.