Moses Falls: a short story by Naomi Blum

In honor of Christmas, I have decided to let my youngest sister share her short story today.  The story was written about the village Mom puts up every Christmas.  Enjoy and have a very Merry Christmas!!

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It is the afternoon of Christmas Eve in the busy village of Moses Falls. To begin my little story, I must explain the curious origin of the name of the quaint little village.

You see, at the top of a very large hill is a huge boulder, and out of this rock, seemingly from nowhere, comes a small, clear, waterfall. Of course, at the moment the frozen waterfall is now a beautiful backdrop to a large ice-skating rink.

According to the story, the founders of the town came upon the little waterfall in a small clearing in the woods. They were at the top of the hill close to the waterfall, and it was very obvious that the source of the water was from the rock.

Moses Falls

Moses Falls

As the story goes, some of the pioneer’s wives had been grumbling about the shortage of water and food on the journey. Upon seeing the water flowing down from the rock, the husband of the most vocal complainer turned to her and said,

“Well, looky thar! God done sent you a message to stop complainin’, or maybe you won’t be gettin’ to the promised land at’all.” Continue reading

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Guest Post by Valerie Howard

Today, I have the honor of introducing Valerie Howard today as a guest blogger.  I had the honor to proofread her book “Our God Saves” earlier this year.  If you still need a present for that book lover of yours, this book would be a wonderful addition to their bookshelf.  “Our God Saves” is a book of uplifting testimonies from people of all different backgrounds.

"Our God Saves" Compiled by Valerie Howard

“Our God Saves” Compiled by Valerie Howard

 

Bio:
Valerie Howard is a pastor’s wife and stay-at-home mom from Southern Maine.  She has a 1-year-old son and two insane beagles who keep her very busy when she’s not writing!  Valerie has been writing stories since she was in second grade when she wrote “The Mystery of the Missing Crayon”.  Her public school teacher even let the class act out the story and record in on a cassette tape.  Valerie is the author of two fiction books for women, one Christmas play, nine unusual children’s books, and now, a compilation book of over 30 personal salvation testimonies.  Valerie enjoys scrapbooking and interior design. Continue reading

Blog Tour Wrap-Up

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The blog tour has now come to an end.  This is a bittersweet moment.  I truly did enjoy being on the tour, but it was also a lot of work.  More than I thought it would be. 😛   I got 2 new reviews, answered some interview questions, and learned some new things about myself and how blog tours work.

Some lessons I learned:

  • Don’t try to do too many things at the same time.  In other words, wait until the initial marketing rush is finished.
  • Have all guest posts written up at least a week ahead of time. Continue reading

Blog Tour Surprise Post

The surprise post for the blog tour is now here.  It was so much of a surprise this author didn’t even know what she was going to post until she started to seriously think about it last evening.

What am I going to write about?  Well, I will have three pictures and a few paragraphs.  I know that much for sure.  So, here goes:

Friday, December 6, 2013 Continue reading

“What must I do to be saved?”

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There is a slight schedule change.  Due to not hearing from the person who I thought would be posting this as a guest post, I have decided to post it here instead.  There are still quite a few guest posts, interviews, excerpts, and reviews left on the schedule so make sure you keep up with the tour.  Enjoy and feel free to share it everywhere, not to promote me and my book, but to spread the Gospel message to as many people as we can.

I have been asked a few times, “Why are you writing A Mighty Fortress?  What are your goals for your book?”  While I would love to sell lots of books and become a best-selling author, I know that is just a pipe dream.  My true goal and the reason for writing my book as epitomized in chapter 16 of my book:

As the weeks and months sped by, the ranch hands became part of the family.  Wyatt and Flynn even seemed to relax some.  Since there were only four ranch hands, Harriet insisted that the hands eat with the family for meals.

“It’s just as easy to feed eight as it is to feed four,” she exclaimed.  “Eating with a family will be good for them.”

Daniel gave up on arguing with his wife about the subject.  Instead, he chose to truly make them all a part of the family and insisted that they join the family for devotions after dinner.

Even though Christmas was still a few months away, Daniel felt a burden to share the Christmas story a little earlier than he had planned.  After the table was cleared, Daniel opened his Bible to Luke chapter two and began to read.

“In those days, Caesar Augustus…”

Ruth smiled at these words and listened in rapture to her father’s deep, expressive voice.  She felt like she lived in the story.  This happened nearly every year, but this year was the first time she really put herself in Mary’s place.  She felt the confusion, the fear, the pain, the rejection.  What would it have been like to be the mother of the Son of God?  Would she have been as willing as Mary was? Continue reading

Introducing My First Blog Tour

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It is hard to believe that two weeks have passed since I became a published author.  Where does the time go?  Since November 19, I have sold 4 paperbacks off of Amazon, 4 Kindle editions off of Amazon, 25+ signed copies, and given away 511 free Kindle editions during my 2-day free promotion.  And now today, I am doing something new: I am starting my very first blog tour.

What is a blog tour?

A blog tour is when someone (say, an author) asks people if they would be willing to post something on a specific day for the blog tour.  In my case, there will be reviews, guest posts (with excerpts), and interviews.  Each day, I will add a link to the new blog of the day, so make sure you come back everyday and catch all the fun.

Schedule

December 3: Review and Interview on Mary Beth Magee’s blog

December 4: Interview on J. Grace Pennington’s blog

December 5: “What must I do to be saved?”

December 6: Guest Post on Writing Historical Fiction for Aubrey Hansen’s blog

December 7: Excerpt on Molly Evangeline’s blog

December 8: Interview on Jesse Rice’s blog

December 9: Interview on Michelle Lynn Brown’s blog

December 10: Back to my blog with a surprise post

December 11: Review from Carolyn Park-Williams

December 12: Review or guest post on the Holy Worlds blog

December 13: The wrap-up

Excerpt

And since I want to share an excerpt, I’ll also post an excerpt in here.  Enjoy!

Out of habit, Joshua looked up and down the street as he stepped out of the Sheriff’s office.  Nothing but dust and a few people walking to and from the stores.  He turned to his right and strode to the telegraph office.

After sending the telegram to Cheyenne, he walked down to the livery where he stabled his horse, Poseidon, during the day.

“Hey, there, boy.”  Joshua brushed his hand down the gelding’s flanks.  “How would you like to take a ride out to the ranch?”  He laughed when Poseidon snorted and moved his head up and down.  “Okay, we’ll get going.  But first I need to get you saddled.  I’m not riding bareback.”

After saddling his horse, Joshua mounted and directed the horse toward home.  As he rode, he studied the scenery and prayed.  “God, I know this idea came from You.  No one else could have given it to me.  Thank You for giving me the idea.  I pray that it will work and that she will be willing and able to come out here.  God, You know how much Jed needs to accept Your free gift.  He is drowning in his anger.  Show him Your love.”

Joshua rode in silence until he reached the Double B ranch.  He considered visiting his family, but he needed to get back to town.  The time would be better spent with God anyway.  With his job as sheriff plus helping out at the ranch as needed, Joshua had little time to spend just praying and listening.

Joshua pulled on the reins to direct Poseidon back toward town.  Poseidon was reluctant to go away from the ranch, but he was obedient to his master.

“Humans could learn a lot from horses, Poseidon.  It takes a lot to break the wildness out of you, but once you are broken, you are forever obedient to your master, as long as they don’t mistreat you.”  He looked around at the rolling hills.  “God, help me be completely broken by You and always obey without question.”