Congratulations to Beth Smithem
a two time Tales2Inspire winner for her inspiring stories
Rae the Stray is the inspiring story of how a stray dog and Beth, his adopted owner, find one another. After Rae is injured, Beth becomes his advocate and caregiver. Rae the Stray is one shining example of the sacrifices people make every day in order to protect and nurture their pets. And just when you think that you are the one saving the animal, you discover that it is really the animal that is saving you, says Beth.
Just after Rae the Stray was published was published, (Tales2Inspire ~ The Ruby Collection), Beth mailed a copy of the book to the veterinarian office that played a critical role in Rae’s story. The heartfelt inscription she wrote on the inside cover said it all: “There wouldn’t have been a story without your tireless work, dedication and compassion!” That same year, Beth’s sister sent her a perfectly delightful Christmas gift – a tall, aluminum water bottle with the picture and caption from her story imprinted on it. What a wonderful surprise, compliments of Shutterfly.
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Mia is Beth’s second inspiring story to win a Tales2Inspire award. Mia is the story of a stray cat whose quirky personality instantly stole Beth’s heart. When a medical crisis occurred, the only choice was to go the extra mile. Beth did whatever it took to nurture and protect this furry ball of sunshine. It seems no sacrifice is too great for Beth when it comes to her animals. No wonder those strays forever find their way to her door! Mia is now published in Tales2Inspire ~ The Garnet Collection.
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Beth Smithem tells us it’s no surprise that she inherited a love for animals from her mother. She even allowed her children to keep turtles in the bathtub! The author of the Dust Bunny series and Cocoa Bean and Squirt, Beth has self-published her three books. Her deep compassion for animals is evident in all her writing. The common thread in each of her books is the importance of unconditional friendship. Lessons of love, acceptance and simple kindness come to life through her characters and are enjoyed by both children and adults alike.
In both her Tales2Inspire winning stories, Beth shows us how the bond between a person and their pets can be magical, personal and unexplainable.
Beth currently lives in Orange City, Florida and, of course, has six animals of her own. After working as a legal assistant for more than ten years, she discovered that she preferred the world of imagination over the world of lawsuits and torts.