Faith’s Allies

Howdy, Y’all! I have something fun to remind/update you about. I have a Facebook group devoted to sneak peeks, requests for help, early cover reveals, and so much more. The fun part is that the name is no longer the boring “Faith Blum’s Street Group.”

My group now has a fancy name and cover photo!

Faith's Allies

What do you think? Love it? Hate it? Want to join? I’d love to have more Allies. You can join by clicking here, answering the questions, and waiting for me to approve you.

Have a great weekend!

An Exhortation for the New Year

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Today’s post has a two-fold goal.  1. To provide a quick glimpse at my past year, and 2. To exhort my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.

Year In Review

January: I finished the manuscript for A Mighty Fortress and sent it to the Women of Faith writing contest as well as the Injoy Publications contest.

February: On the ninth, I had officially been working at my part-time job for one year.

March: I was part of a musical ensemble for Easter at our church.  I played the flute.

April: I found out that I was a semi-finalist for the Injoy Publications contest.

May: The 22nd was my last day at Bible Study Fellowship for the year.  We had a very encouraging study in the book of Genesis.

June: Spring Chicken butchering at my uncle’s house with good fellowship with the family. 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

Coming on Friday…

Most, if not all people here in the United States of America know that the Friday after Thanksgiving is called Black Friday.  Black Friday is the day of all days for shoppers everywhere.  But, what’s a girl to do when she:

  1. Doesn’t like crowds.  At all.
  2. Doesn’t like shopping.  (Yes, I know this is a terrible sin for a girl)
  3. Would much prefer to stay at home.

Well, how about this for an answer?  Be involved in two different Black Friday promotions, host a Black Friday Facebook Party, and be a participant in another Black Friday Facebook Party.

So, what are my promos for Friday?  So glad you asked.  First, my signed paperback copies are on sale (Friday only) for $8.99 + $2.25 for shipping.  To find out more go to my website.  Second of all, on Amazon, the Kindle version of my book will be free on Friday and Saturday.

In addition to those deals, I will also be a part of a group of authors offering their paperback books at somewhere around 20% off.  More details on all of these deals will be posted here on Friday.

The two Facebook Events I am part of, can be found here and here.  The first link is an event that involves 32 Christian authors who are all have special deals on some of their books.  I will have a website link on Friday that gives more details about each author and what their deals are.

Do you go shopping on Black Friday?  What is your favorite Black Friday memory (shopping or otherwise)?

A Mighty Fortress has been launched!

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It is with great anticipation, a little fear, and much excitement that I come to you today to announce that I am now a published author!   I even ended up ahead of schedule!

I am super excited to announce that I now have a Author Page on Amazon as well as a page for the Paperback and Kindle versions of my book.   On Amazon, the Kindle version is $3.99 and the paperback is $11.99, although, as of the time I am posting this, Amazon has it on sale for $10.51.

To help promote A Mighty Fortress, I am doing a few different things, first of all, I am offering Signed Copies.  If you click the link, follow it to the Books page and click the “Order Your Signed Copy” button.  These would make great Christmas presents! 😉

In addition, to my limited time offer of signed books, I am also hosting a Black Friday Facebook Party.  Prizes will be given out and historical trivia will be asked.  I am very excited.  Feel free to join us on Black Friday from 10-3 CDT.

And last, but not least, I will be doing a blog tour starting on December 2, 2013.  We will start at my blog and each day I will be on another blog with either a book review of A Mighty Fortress, a book review and author interview, or an excerpt and guest post.  My post on December 2nd will have links to each of the blogs and each day, the link will be changed to the more specific post for that day.  It should be fun.  If anybody has something they would like me to write about for a guest post, let me know.  I need a couple more ideas yet.  Is there anything you want to know about the writing process?  Something you want to know about my book?  Anything else you may want to know about?  Just ask and I will see what I can do to answer them in a guest blog post.

In honor of the launch, I will leave you with an excerpt:

He stopped, looking all around him.  Those kids had him confused and baffled.  Where could they have gone?!?  It hardly seemed possible that they would have walked upstream in that cold water for more than a half hour.  His feet were going numb just thinking about it.

Well, there’s nothin’ I can do but head Northwest and see if I can’t come across their trail somewhere else.  They already have at least a half day’s start on me.  I’ll be lucky if I catch ’em now.

The scowl was starting to become a permanent fixture on his face.  Almost as permanent as his nose.  I should just give up.  I’ll never catch ’em.

Sure you will.  Jest head northwest, find a town, and ask about ’em there.

Yeah.  Like no one will get suspicious ’bout me?  And by then my face’ll be plastered on wanted posters everywhere.

Christian Facebook Alternative

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Have you grown frustrated with Facebook’s liberal leanings?  Has an organization you know and trust been kicked off of Facebook because they were posting things that were “too controversial”, “too discriminating”, etc.?  Well, there is good news!

Brannon Howse from Worldview Weekend Radio has launched a Facebook alternative called “MyWorldviewPage”.

The set up is similar to Facebook, but has its differences.  One of the main differences I have noticed so far is that you can see everybody’s public status updates whether you are friends with them or not.  In some ways this is nice and in others it isn’t, but like most things, it will take some time to get used to it.

MyWorldviewPage is for Christians and is to be used for the encouragement and edification of you and other Christians.  Here is what the founder, Brannon Howse, said in the announcement: Continue reading