Love Can Be Hard Sometimes

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Have you ever had a hard time loving someone? I think everyone probably has at one time in their life. But what would your life be like if you’ve never had the courage to love anyone? I explore that idea in my new book, He Hideth My Soul. 

Love can be hard, but it is always rewarding. As I wrote this book, I knew I wanted love to be part of the theme of the book. And not necessarily romantic love, though there are a couple love stories in the book.  I had written three books already where Otis Miller was a minor character and wanted to tell the rest of his story. This book is that story.

Otis has had a hard life. Due to many of the events in his childhood, he has never had the courage to truly love anyone. He likes many people, but doesn’t love anyone. Many people ask where the inspiration for my books comes. I can’t honestly say where the inspiration for this book came from or why I chose this theme, but I hope it touches you when (if) you read the book.

About the Book

He’s never had the courage to love anyone…

3D HHMS1The only thing Otis Miller has ever wanted to be is a doctor and he wants to be the best. A surprise talk with his Aunt Eleanor days before his twenty-first birthday leads to a visit from his grandfather’s lawyer and the discovery that he is the heir to a large fortune. With all the papers signed, Otis heads to Chicago to follow his dream.

After graduating from Jenner Medical School, Otis goes to the mine he owns in Colorado to see how things are and to provide medical care for everyone in town. He finds horrible working conditions and learns to make difficult decisions that will be best for all

Will Otis learn to let God cover him in the depths of His love? Can Otis hide in God’s presence whenever he doesn’t know where to go next?

Note: 50% of my income from this series will go to the World Orphans organization.

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About the Author

Author Picture 2015-2016 croppedFaith Blum is a 20-something author of multiple books in various genres. She loves to write, read, play piano, knit, crochet, sew, watch movies, and spend time with her husband.  She lives in Wisconsin in a small town with her husband and cat where she can write to her heart’s content during the day. Faith’s goal in her writing is to encourage Christians in their walk with Christ.

Giveaway

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Faith is giving away three prizes! The grand prize is a paperback of her new book. First and second prizes are both an eBook of He Hideth My Soul. Enter here for the chance to win!

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Excerpt/Review

He sighed and turned away, leading Blaze the rest of the way to Dr. Benson’s office. He wasn’t there when Otis arrived, so he worked on organizing the supplies—something he cared about and Dr. Benson didn’t.

The bell over the front door tinkled, and he went to see who it was.

“Is Dr. Benson in?” the man asked.

“No, he isn’t. Can I help you?”

“You a doctor?”

“Basically. I’ve trained under Dr. Benson for about three years.”

“You’ll do. My little girl is bad sick. My wife’s tried all sorts of things and it ain’t helpin’.”

Otis grabbed the extra doctor’s bag and left a quick note for Dr. Benson. “Lead the way.”

All day, it seemed like Dr. Benson and Otis barely missed each other. When Otis got back, there was a note from him saying where he was, then Otis left and Dr. Benson came back, and so on and so forth. It was mid-afternoon before they finally crossed paths.

“There really is someone behind the notes,” Dr. Benson said.

Otis laughed. “Yes, there is. Good news is, people apparently trust me to treat them even without you there.”

“Good, excellent, marvelous. But I do still need to know who you treated for what in case they come when you aren’t here.”

Otis handed him the list he had made a few minutes earlier.

“Johnny on the spot today,” he said. “Well done, good treatments, and excellent work. I approve you to go anywhere you find a place in need of a doctor.”

“About that,” Otis said. “You mentioned Jenner Medical School once. Is Dr. Tyler still there?”

“Yes, yes, yes, he is. In fact, I wrote to him about you. Without your permission, I know, but when you have the territory’s best doctor as your pupil, you tend to lose your head while helping him.” He blinked rapidly and stared at the space beside Otis’s head. “Where was I? Oh yes, well, I told him about you and how you want to be a doctor and how hard you worked and all that. He’s incredibly excited for you to go. They don’t have scholarship funds at the moment though, unfortunately.”

Otis cleared his throat. “So he wants me there?”

“Yes, definitely; he was most emphatic about it. Even offered to let you borrow the money from him.”

“I don’t need it. Most likely, anyway.”

“Say again?”

Tour Schedule

February 20
Bookish Orchestrations – Introduction Post
Creating Romance – Book Spotlight
Rachel Rossano’s Words – Book Spotlight

February 21
Letters from Annie Douglass Lima – Book Spotlight
Rebekah Lyn Books – Book Spotlight

February 22
Ruth’s Real Life – Book Spotlight
Kandi J Wyatt, Where Fantasy and Reality Meet – Book Spotlight

February 23
With a Joyful Noise – Review
God’s Peculiar Treasure Rae – Book Spotlight

ebruary 24
Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections – Post from the author

February 26
Bookish Orchestration – Giveaway winner post

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Five Fall Favorites: Indie Published

 

 

*rubs hands together* Okay, now for the best one yet… Oh, wait. I’ve already put my top five Indie books scattered among the other four days… Now what? I guess I’ll have to go with some other favorites. After all, I read so many Indie books, that I have WAY more than five. So here goes. As close to year order as possible. Meaning the one that isn’t contemporary fiction is stuck at the end and the others are randomly placed.

Her Imaginary Husband by Lia London

When I first saw this book, I wasn’t sure what to think. A teacher who pretended to have a husband. How weird is that? But when I finally read it, I found it to be really actually pretty cute and funny. If you want a clean, funny, non-romance to read, this is probably a good pick for you. Did I mention that Nikki’s not very good at lying?

Where Dandelions Grow by Lydia Howe

Dandelions. They are annoying weeds that pop up everywhere. But they bring such joy to a child’s heart when they lovingly pick a bouquet of flowers for Mommy and with growing excitement take the bouquet to her and receive an indulgent smile. But not all mother’s have that indulgent response. Not for the first bouquet nor for any that may or may not come later. Some children are told to reach higher than a simple weed and their enthusiasm for their dreams fade and die. This book tells such a story and brought me to tears more than once. Read the full review here.

Not Abandoned by MacKenzie Morganthal

I finished this book a few days ago. Talk about intense! This book is about human trafficking. It is a tricky topic to write, but MacKenzie did a great job with each tricky spot. Her book told the story in a way to be readable and still PG-13 (due to the topic, not the content). I look forward to reading her next book in the series. A full review of the book will be coming sometime next week.

Kate’s Innocence by Sarah Holman

A bomb in the college, the FBI getting involved, and being wrongly accused. Could her day get any worse? Kate is an average college girl who just wants to finish college. Then she’s accused of planting the bombs and all the evidence stacks up against her. Only one person seems to believe all her protestations and he will do whatever it takes to clear her name. But will he trust God to help? I loved this book a lot! And there’s a second book in the series now, too! You can read my review of this book here.

Red Rain by Aubrey Hansen

Now we jump ahead about a hundred years or so to the future. A future where Christians are in something similar to internment camps. Until Philadelphia and her father are suddenly called to go to Mars. This is a short book that only takes about an hour, maybe a little more, to read. It’s light science fiction meaning there isn’t much science you have to try to understand, but there is plenty of adventure.

Giveaway

We are also running a giveaway! In the basket is:

  • Signed copy of Dylan’s Story by Rebekah A. Morris
  • Signed copy of Dandelion Dust by Faith Potts
  • Signed copy of Kate’s Innocence by Sarah Holman
  • Signed copy of The Twin Arrows by Kate Willis
  • Signed copy of Journey to Love by Amanda Tero
  • Coffee Nut M & M’s
  • Packets of Apple Cider
  • Cute Fall Mug

2nd place winner (if we get 75 people entered) will be the winners choice of 3 kindle books (Choices from what’s in the basket to make things easier. Unless winner already has them.)

3nd place winner (if we get 100 people entered) will be 2 kindle books (Choices again will be from the books in the basket.)

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Five Fall Favorites: Missionary

 

 

This is probably the hardest day to do. I’ve read a lot of books about missionaries, but it was when I was a lot younger, so I’m really digging deep into my memory banks. And that’s also why three of the five are children’s fiction. So, here are my top five. Continue reading

Five Fall Favorites: Historical/Bible Times

Good morning! This week I have a special series for you. Rebekah Morris put together a fun event called Five Fall Favorites. Each day, me and the other authors will share five favorite books in various genres. To find the other blogs, check out Rebekah’s blog either here or in the above picture.

Today’s genre is Biblical Fiction. We had the option of doing a genre other than the one assigned and I chose to do Historical as well as Biblical. I am going to try to put them in order in history rather than preference because it’s easier. Continue reading

Book Review: Gestern

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Did you know Gestern is the German word for Yesterday? I didn’t until I read the excerpt I’ve included in this post. J. Grace Pennington has a new book out entitled, Gestern. I’ve read the others in this series and it sounds like another intriguing one. There are some great giveaways and guest posts going on, so be sure to read all about them.

About the Book

GesternFrontCoverYou never escape your past

Andi Lloyd is more comfortable than most with interstellar travel, but she’s not prepared for the perils and peculiarities of a world she has all but forgotten—the planet Earth. As the Surveyor undergoes repairs, her brother August receives a message with news that will send both of them across the world to a place he never wanted to visit again.

Neither of them are prepared to be thrust into a world of political intrigue amid the tangled forests and crumbling ruins of Austria.  They aren’t prepared to encounter wild animals and endure cross-country hikes.  And they definitely aren’t prepared to face it all alone.

But despite the dangers they must press on into the unknown to find a way to save Andi’s life, to decide the fate of Earth itself—and to rescue a lonely girl who just happens to be their little sister.

Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0742MR9L6 Continue reading

Book Review: Exiles

Jaye L. Knight’s newest novel, Exiles, has been released! Exiles is the fourth book in the Christian fantasy series, Ilyon Chronicles. Read about it below and be sure to check out the other blog stops on the tour by visiting the official tour page. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

I’m also doing a quick review (shorter than my usual ones) and there’s an excerpt at the bottom of the post. But first, here’s a little bit about the book and author.

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About the Book

Exiled after their defeat in Samara, the Resistance struggles to find allies in their quest to restore King Balen to his throne and put an end to the emperor’s tyranny. When the crete people refuse to lend their aid, Balen leads a group to Dorland to reason with them and win their support. However, enemies prove to be everywhere, and they find themselves in a fight to keep Dorland from becoming Daican’s latest conquest.

Back in Landale, the arrival of a new enemy forces Trask and Anne to tread more carefully than ever. Tensions are rising, and the enemy is determined to test Anne’s loyalty and root out the location of Trask and the Resistance once and for all.

Feeling trapped within the walls of Valcré, Prince Daniel must contend with an ever-eroding relationship with his father. As their clashes escalate, the situation becomes potentially life threatening when his loyalty is called into question. His sister seems bent on branding him a traitor and actively seeking to condemn him to the fate of those put to death in their father’s new arena. Daniel is certain his father would never execute his only son and heir, but with other forces at work, it might not be that simple.

One small misstep could prove fatal for all.

 

Available now on Amazon!

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About the Author

JayeAuthor2015Jaye L. Knight is an award-winning author, homeschool graduate, and shameless tea addict with a passion for Christian fantasy. Armed with an active imagination and love for adventure, Jaye weaves stories of truth, faith, and courage with the message that even in the deepest darkness, God’s love shines as a light to offer hope. She has been penning stories since the age of eight and resides in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.

You can connect with Jaye on her website, blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Etsy.

Review

I had the privilege of reading this book before it’s release. Of all the books I’ve read by Jaye, I think this is one of my favorites. All the turmoil in the characters, the uncertainty, and getting out of their comfort zones. It was all so deep and true to real life. I learned a few things from the book even though it’s fantasy AND fiction. I highly encourage you to read this book, and the whole series.

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Share in the excitement of the release and enter to win a themed giveaway pack! Prizes include an autographed copy of Exiles, a pewter dragon necklace by treasurecast, and a sword letter opener! (Giveaway is open to US residents only. Cannot be shipped internationally.)

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Excerpt

After the greetings, Talas asked his mother, “Where are Father and Grandfather?”

Tress motioned deeper into the house. “They’re building on to the back porch . . . and having one of their debates, I believe.”

Talas’s lips quirked wryly, and he motioned for everyone to follow. Up a short flight of steps and around the other side of the tree, they entered a spacious living area with a wide door leading out to an equally large porch. Just outside stood two crete men. The first was middle-aged with a profile like Talas’s. The second was older, his dark hair heavily streaked with gray. They faced each other, the first crete pinching the bridge of his nose, and Kyrin just caught his exasperated words.

“It’s more than sufficient already. There’s no need to go wider.”

The older crete shrugged. “I don’t think another couple of feet would hurt.”

He said it nonchalantly, but Kyrin detected a subtle humor in his expression, almost like a teasing child. Talas did refer to his grandfather as a bit of a rascal.

Talas cleared his throat, and the two men turned. He stepped out to the porch and embraced his father, and then his grandfather, who gave him a couple of hearty slaps on the back.

“I was just wondering when you’d show up for another visit.” The older crete grinned and then his attention shifted past Talas to Kyrin and the others. “You’ve brought friends, I see.”

Talas motioned them all out. Kyrin lingered near Jace, who remained well away from the edge of the porch where the railing was not yet completed. Another round of introductions followed, and they all greeted Talas’s father, Thel, and his grandfather, Varn.

“How long will you be here?” his grandfather asked.

“Until King Balen can convince at least one of the clan leaders to change their position,” Talas answered. “At least that’s the plan.”

“Well, he’s got a difficult task. I shall aid him with my prayers.”

“He’ll surely appreciate that. We all will.”