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Week of April 26 011Look at what arrived in the mail on Wednesday! That’s right, it’s the proof copy for Amazing Grace. Unfortunately, there were a few problems. Here’s one of them. Compare these two pictures. One is from my computer and the other is from the book. Continue reading

God’s Amazing Grace

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This year as I have been preparing my book for publication, I have learned a lot about God’s grace. It’s amazing how when you are learning something in one area of life, it keeps popping up everywhere. Every sermon you listen to seems to talk about it, every Bible class, a lot of the books you read, all of them seem to talk about the same thing. Do you ever get the feeling that God is trying to hit you over the head with certain lessons sometimes?

Although I didn’t necessarily see it as I went through my year, I have seen it as I look back. The end of December and beginning of January were hard. I had one book I was supposed to be editing and another I was supposed to be writing. And I couldn’t do anything either editing or writing. It was awful. Continue reading

Questions

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I have recently been asked questions about how I published my books and if I have any advice on that. This has led me to a decision. I am going to write a blog series on the self-publication process. This series will include:

  • Resources I have used and recommend
  • Resources I have used and do not recommend
  • Marketing ideas
  • How to become an independently published author
  • My publishing journey
  • And probably more

Before I can really do this, I need your help. Do you have any specific questions you would like to have answered about the self-publication process? If so, either comment with your question(s) or email me at faith.blum.author@gmail.com and I will add your questions to my ever growing list.

Thank you and I look forward to sharing with my journey with you.

Tomorrow

2 facts about tomorrow: First, I turn a year older tomorrow. This is both exciting and a little frightening at the same time. I am coming ever closer to turning a quarter of a century old. I’m not quite there yet, but it’s a frightening thought. I know, for those of you who are older than 25, that sounds like I’m a spring chicken. But for me, it’s a little scarier. Do you remember when you were getting close to 25? We each go through phases like this. BTMV promo pb and kSecond, my second book is being released to the general public. Today is the last day the Kindle version will be available for preorder and also the last day it will be available for only $0.99 (until I do another promo). Tomorrow the book will be available for purchase and have a higher price tag. If you want to read the book for a cheaper price buy it now. I also have my proof copy for the paperback in my possession. It looks gorgeous! And I just read through it all yesterday (I know, I’m bad) and there were just four minor issues. Once those are resolved early this week, I’ll be able approve the proof and it will be available to order shortly after that. In other words, if you preorder your autographed copy, I’ll be able to ship the book to you absolutely no later than the week before Thanksgiving!  Autographed copies are just $10.00 + shipping. This blog post is set up in 2’s, 4’s, and 24’s. I think you can probably guess why. 😉 Continue reading

Be Thou My Vision Blog tour

Be Thou My Vision Blog TourI am excited to announce that there will be a blog tour for Be Thou My Vision starting on October 20th and ending October 31st. The blog tour is being organized by the lovely Dawnita Fogleman and the blog tour schedule and opening post will be announced on her blog on October 20th. Make sure you head over there on Monday and find out more about the fun we are going to have. And don’t forget that Be Thou My Vision is available for preorder and only on sale until October 26th!

BTMV tagline promoBut, that’s not the best part! The best part is that on November 1st, we are going to have a big Facebook party complete with prizes and fun giveaways. So far, we have at least 10 books of various genres, age groups, and authors to giveaway. Including, Lord willing, a paperback set of A Mighty Fortress and Be Thou My Vision as the Grand Prize!

Help!

I have a dilemma. I have three book cover ideas to choose from for Amazing Grace, but I can’t decide which one I like better or looks more consistent with the first two. That’s where you come in. I posted something on Facebook and Google +, but there is an almost two-way tie. That’s where you come in.

First, the blurb:

Caleb hurried to the post office. He had to get in and out before his sister finished at the general store. “Any mail for the Stuarts?” He asked the post master.

The post master took a lazy look at him over the top of his eyeglasses and gave a heaving sigh. “Yep. Somethin’ from Ohio and somethin’ from Montana.”

Caleb waited until the large man put the letters lazily in his hand. As he left he wondered why Anna had written something to Montana. None of my business. He folded and stashed the Ohio letter in his back pocket. It would get wrinkled, but at least Anna wouldn’t know about it.

As Caleb struggles through some inner battles, he secretly starts a correspondence with a widow and her daughter. Their unabashed faith in God convicts him and increases his inner struggles.

Unable to find a steady job, Maggie places an advertisement to become a mail-order bride. Her daughter, Rachel, is her motivation and encouragement, but if Maggie doesn’t find a job or husband soon, Rachel might not survive through the next year.

Can Caleb learn to trust God despite his past? Can Maggie and Rachel hold onto their faith despite all their trials? What will happen when they meet in person?

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Falling leaves, falling prices

Aren’t the colors of the leaves gorgeous this year? My family and I were in Upper Michigan this weekend and saw some awesome colors. It was also freezing cold, but the colors and the beauty of Lake Superior were well worth the discomfort. And the van was nice and warm. But, as with all things, the colors and the leaves too, will be gone.

Clean Indie Reads Fall Sale BannerTo celebrate the changing of the season, myself and many authors in a Facebook group I am in are having a Fall sale. There are lots of books available either for free or majorly discounted. Check out the website that has all the books listed. Also, in conjunction with this sale, there is also a blog hop going on with some giveaways. You can find out more about that here and check back on my blog on Saturday for my post in the blog hop.

Don’t forget to tell your friends and family about the sale. My books are both on sale for $0.99 this week. Click on the covers to go to the Amazon page.

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Upcoming Sale!

Clean Indie Reads Fall Sale BannerI have joined a wonderful, and fun sale! Both of my books will be $0.99 for at least one week and there will also be other Clean, Independently published authors putting their books on sale. Some will be free, others will be $0.99. And as an extra bonus, there are a few books going on sale a little early. Click the picture above to go to the website. The early bird sale starts tomorrow and the Fall sale is from October 5 to October 11. Don’t miss out!

Tried and True – A Review

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Kylie Wilde is the youngest sister–and the most civilized. Her older sisters might be happy dressing in trousers and posing as men, but Kylie has grown her hair long and wears skirts every chance she gets. It’s a risk–they are homesteading using the special exemptions they earned serving in the Civil War as “boys”–but Kylie plans to make the most of the years before she can sell her property and return to the luxuries of life back East.

Local land agent Aaron Masterson is fascinated with Kylie from the moment her long hair falls from her cap. But now that he knows her secret, can he in good conscience defraud the U.S. government? And when someone tries to force Kylie off her land, does he have any hope of convincing her that marrying him and settling on the frontier is the better option for her future?

Tried and True was an interesting book. Before I read it, I saw a blog post on another blog by the author explaining why she wrote the book and where she got the idea for this series. The idea for the series sounded intriguing, and the synopsis for the book did as well. So, when I got the email from Bethany House asking for reviewers, I chose hers. Even though I’d gotten her first book about a year ago and didn’t like it, I decided to give her another try. This book was definitely an improvement on that first book, but I still had some issues with it. Continue reading

The final guest post

Today’s blog post is the final on the tour (besides the wrap up post tomorrow announcing the winner of the giveaway). The post on Laura’s blog is an interview in which you could find out more about me and my next books. Today is the last day to enter the giveaway so make sure you get your entry in.

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