Trust and Obey: The beginning of a new series

Trust and Obey Blog Tour

I have a new book out! And it’s not a western! What?!?! Why would I do that? Well, I’ll share more about how I decided to write this series and what inspired this particular book. But first, here’s a little more about the book. And you also get to see my new author picture!

About the Book

Trust and Obey_KindleA wicked priestess, a morally corrupt king, and two children stuck in the middle…

Hadassah and Gidal love their parents and will do anything for them. When Priestess Basmat tell Ehud and Jerusha to pay their debt, they cannot and she takes Hadassah and Gidal as her slaves for two years.

The priestess works them hard, but there are two other servants to divide the load with, so they cope as well as they can. Then King Saul comes in disguise requesting the priestess’s other services—as a medium.

Will Hadassah and Gidal trust Adonai to take care of them? What will happen after Priestess Basmat comes face-to-face with the prophet Samuel?

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Plantsing: Guest Post by Kate Willis

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Today we have a new release announcement. No, not mine this time. It’s the new book by a friend. And she has a guest post and a giveaway! You can find out more about her book during the blog tour and find all the links here. Read on for more info.

“Plantsing”, Or How I Finally Wrote a Full-Length Novel

I’m a short writer. 5’ 4” tall, author of two middle-grade books under 15,000 words, and writer of numerous short stories.

I’d always hoped to someday write a full-length novel, but the dream far away and out of reach.

Me, a “Pantser”

I’ve long adhered to the writing method commonly known as “pantsing”, named for the expression “flying by the seat of your pants”. Basically, I would get an idea, let it develop into a few vague scenes, including a beginning and possibly an end. Then I would write to find the story, the theme, and the message. It’s quite fun, actually—-almost like reading someone else’s book. It also leaves a lot of room for the Holy Spirit to bring in life lessons, which is an amazing experience. Continue reading

April 2018 Goals

Happy April! Spring is just about here. Of course, in Wisconsin, that can mean just about anything. We might have more snow yet sometime this month, or it might get up to 70 degrees (Fahrenheit).

All in all, March was a good month for me. I didn’t get as much done as I thought I would with my goals, but I did do some other things instead. Instead of the HLM and T&O edits, I got the house a bit more organized. There is still some organizing to do, but I feel good about how much I was able to do.

How was your month? What is the weather like where you are?

  • Continue work on compilations (done!)
  • Rewrite Tales of the East #2 (the new #2) (Partially done. 13,000+ words have been written; about 2/3rds through)
  • Finish HLM edits #2 and #3 (Decided not to do this)
  • Finish T&O edits #2 and #3 (Decided not to do this)
  • Pick recital pieces and perfect them (done!)

April Goals

  • Finish Lo, How a Rose (Tales of the East #2)
  • Start and finish Rock of Ages (Tales of the East #3)
  • Finish Trust and Obey edits #2-4 and send to proofreaders
  • Send Rachel’s blog tour info and promote it
  • Get audiobooks ready for publication and set publication date

Do you have any goals for April? I’d love to hear them.

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

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Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections – Post from the author

February 26
Bookish Orchestration – Giveaway winner post

Book Review: The Light Leads to Love

Full disclosure, I have a story in this anthology which means this review is exclusive to this blog and probably also Goodreads because they let you review your own books.

First, a little about the anthology:

A mother comes face to face with the woman who would have murdered her baby.

A child who’s been betrayed by everyone hurts the only man who’s ever shown her kindness.

A teen stands at the crossroads of his impulses and his convictions.

A reformed addict needs help from a total stranger to protect her child.

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January 2018 goals

Happy New Year! It’s been quite a year. I didn’t quite reach all of my goals, but I had a few distractions like a courtship, engagement, planning a wedding, and getting married. I’ll post my 2018 goals later this month. But for now, I have my January goals:

Write 1,000 words per day T&O
Tammy’s blog tour
Finish edit #1 HLM
Send HLM to betas
‘Tis So Sweet blog tour
Edit #6 HHMS
Send HHMS to formatters
Finish anthology edits
Start working on Ta’Mara’s blog tour

How was your 2017? What kinds of goals do you have for this month?

Suit and Suitability: A Review

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What would it be like to see Elizabeth Bennet in 1930’s clothes? What if Emma Woodhouse was the daughter of a car dealership owner? What if Marianne Dashwood was seeking to become a movie star in the golden age of film? The Vintage Jane Austen series explores the world of Jane Austen, set in 1930’s America. Five authors took on Jane Austen’s five most popular novels and retold them set in the depression era, remaining faithful to the original plots. As an extra bonus to the series, there is a collection of short stories that were inspired by Jane Austen.Check out the tour schedule to learn more about the other books.

In my blog post today, I’ll be sharing an interview with author Kelsey Bryant as well as a review of her book.

About the Book

SuitSuitabilityVJAtourSuit and Suitability by Kelsey Bryant (Sense and Sensibility): Canton, Ohio, 1935. Ellen and Marion Dashiell’s world crumbles when their father is sent to prison. Forced to relocate to a small town, what is left of their family faces a new reality where survival overshadows dreams. Sensible Ellen, struggling to hold the family together, is parted from the man she’s just learning to love, while headstrong Marion fears she will never be the actress she aspires to be. When a dashing hero enters the scene, things only grow more complicated. But could a third man hold the key to the restoration and happiness of the Dashiell family? Continue reading